SYLVA, N.C. — Work has started to build two new bridges in western North Carolina to ease traffic flow to the World Equestrian Games this fall.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reported the transportation department has started work on U.S. 74 in Polk County for the bridges to carry traffic over a new road.

Construction should be completed in time for the World Equestrian Games, to be held at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring starting Sept. 11.

The games are expected to attract more than 500,000 people from around the world.

The bridge work is projected to cost nearly $6 million.

Information from: Times-News,