should expect congestion especially during the evening rush hour
RALEIGH — The N.C.
Department of Transportation is closing the right lane of U.S. 52 South in
Winston-Salem at 2 p.m. today to repair the metal temporary bridge that carries
traffic over Liberty Street.
During a routine bridge inspection, an inspector found a
small crack on the right side of the temporary bridge. The crack is located in
a part of the bridge that will not compromise its ability to support traffic.
However, because safety is NCDOT’s top priority, the department decided to
close the right lane of U.S. 52 over Liberty Street and make immediate repairs.
Weather permitting, NCDOT plans for crews to complete the
repair work over the weekend and reopen the lane to traffic before the morning
rush hour on Monday, Feb. 20.
While the closure is in place, motorists should expect
heavy congestion in the area. NCDOT encourages them to drive slowly, pay
attention to signs and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.
Motorists traveling south on U.S. 52 can also use the following alternate route
to avoid traffic in the area: Take University Parkway (Exit 115) and follow the
signs for Alternate U.S. 52 South to U.S. 421/Business 40 East back to U.S. 52
The temporary bridge was installed in 2010 as part of the
project to replace the U.S. 52 North and South bridges over Liberty Street
and the Norfolk Southern Railroad Switching Yard in Winston-Salem. The project
also includes widening Liberty Street, making ramp improvements to the U.S. 52
interchange with 25th and 28th streets, and installing new traffic signals. The
contract was awarded to Blythe Construction Inc. of Charlotte. Final completion
is set for 2013.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511,
visit our travel webpage or follow NCDOT
Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.
To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone and
bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone,
Android and some newer Blackberry phones.
(Editor’s note: NCDOT Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey
will hold a media availability to discuss the closure today at 3 p.m. at the
Division 9 Office, which is located at 375 Silas Creek Parkway in