WHAT: N.C. Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Wright Archer to hold media availability to discuss upcoming lane and ramp closures on U.S. 52 North in Winston-Salem.
WHEN: Monday, March 5, at 10 a.m.
WHERE: NCDOT Division 9 Office
375 Silas Creek Parkway
COMMENTS: Construction work is complete on the new U.S. 52 North bridge over Liberty Street in Winston-Salem. Crews now need to link the new bridge with the highway, so motorists can drive seamlessly across it. This process will require lane and ramp closures on U.S. 52 North to allow crews to pave the connection points at the north and south ends of the new bridge.
On Sunday, March 11, at 6:30 a.m., NCDOT will close the outside lane of U.S. 52 North, as well as the entrance ramp from Liberty Street to U.S. 52 North (south of Exit 111A) and the entrance and exit ramps on U.S. 52 North at 25th Street (Exit 111A). Traffic will flow on the inside lane of U.S. 52 North only while crews link the outside lane of U.S. 52 North to the outside lanes of the new bridge.
On Sunday, March 18, the lane closure will reverse. NCDOT will close the inside lane of U.S. 52 North and open the outside lane to traffic. All vehicles will cross over Liberty Street on the outside lanes of the new bridge. This pattern will allow crews to connect the inside lane of U.S. 52 North to the inside lanes of the new bridge.
On Sunday, March 25, NCDOT will open the inside lane of U.S. 52 North and shift all traffic over Liberty Street onto the new bridge. The department will also open the Liberty Street entrance ramp, as well as the entrance and exits ramps for 25th Street at this time.
NCDOT expects the closures to create significant traffic congestion on U.S. 52 North. Motorists are strongly encouraged to take an alternate route to reach their destinations.
The good news is the closures will only be in place for two weeks. Originally, the plans called for a two-month closure. Through innovative work with the contractor, NCDOT has dramatically reduced the time the closures will be in place, thus lessening the impact on drivers.
For more information about the U.S. 52 Bridge Replacement Project, visit www.ncdot.gov/projects/us52BridgeReplacement/.