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SHELBY -- The N.C. Department of Transportation, together with contractor Smith-Rowe, continues to make progress on construction of the N.C. 268 bridge over U.S. 52 in Surry County, with the bridge on schedule to be open to traffic by the end of 2014.
This week, the contractor continued work on the bridge's interior bent, which is part of the bridge's substructure. Columns for the interior bent were poured Wednesday, and work to fill the interior bent foundation was scheduled to start today. The inside lanes of U.S. 52 have been closed at Exit 134 in Pilot Mountain since Aug. 4 to allow crews to safely work on the bridge's interior bent, and those lane closures are scheduled to remain in place until Monday, Aug. 25.
Additionally, construction has started on retaining walls to help support the end bents on each end of the bridge.
NCDOT and Smith-Rowe are expediting the bridge construction project by six months. The bridge was originally scheduled for completion in June 2015.
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