RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will close
the bridge on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive/Jacob Street over I-85 Business and
U.S. 29/70 in Thomasville on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Crews will demolish the bridge
in order to build a new one in its place.
NCDOT has already posted electronic message boards along the road to inform
motorists of the upcoming closure. Once it is in effect, signs will guide
drivers along the detour route, which extends from Cooksey Street to N.C.
109 to Midway School Road to Whitehart School Road. The department urges motorists to go slow
and pay attention while traveling through the work zone.
The $1.3 million contract to replace the bridge was awarded to Lee
Construction Company of the Carolinas Inc. of Charlotte. Completion is
scheduled for 180 days after work begins.
The existing bridge was built in 1950 and has a sufficiency rating of 46.4 out of
100. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe. It means the bridge has outlived
its expected lifespan and no longer meets the needs of today’s drivers.
The new bridge will help move goods and people more efficiently through
this area. It will also improve safety. By raising the height of the bridge
from 17.5 feet to 19 feet, NCDOT will help prevent accidents involving tractor
trailers and other vehicles with large loads.
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bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the
iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.