The North Carolina transportation department has awarded a contract to build a bridge to the site of a casino under construction in Cherokee County. The bridge is being constructed just off U.S. 19-23-74 east of Murphy. The transportation department says construction is to begin next month and should be finished by mid-November. The agency will later award a contract for a road near the casino. The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians broke ground on the casino in October. The casino and a hotel are expected to create 900 jobs. The new complex is about an hour southwest of Harris Cherokee Casino and hotel in Cherokee.