Traffic Pattern Changes Start Thursday in Kernersville Monday, March 12, 2012

(Project update: NCDOT is shifting the closure of the Salisbury Street bridge over U.S. 421/Business 40 to Monday, March 26, to allow additional time to complete utility relocation work. The department will still permanently close Hillcrest Street at the intersection with Salisbury Street on Thursday, March 15, as scheduled.)

Closures are part of Salisbury Street Bridge Replacement Project

RALEIGH — Motorists will encounter traffic pattern changes along Salisbury Street in Kernersville starting Thursday, March 15. The closures are necessary for crews to safely replace the 60-year-old Salisbury Street bridge over U.S. 421/Business 40 with a new, more modern bridge.

At 9 a.m., the N.C. Department of Transportation will permanently close Hillcrest Street at its intersection with Salisbury Street. The closure is needed to enhance safety. The new bridge will be longer than the existing bridge. The additional length will extend the north end of the new bridge to nearly meet with Hillcrest Street. Closing the road will prevent crashes between vehicles crossing the bridge and vehicles stopped to turn onto Hillcrest Street. Motorists will still be able to access the road by turning from Salisbury Street onto Center Street, which connects to Hillcrest Street.

On Monday, March 19, NCDOT will temporarily close Salisbury Street from just south of Forest Drive to just north of Hillcrest Street to begin construction work. This closure will remain in place throughout the duration of the $2.2 million project, which is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 30.

While the closure is in place, motorists can take the following signed detour routes to get where they need to go efficiently.

•             Traveling East on Salisbury Street: Take Union Cross Road; turn right onto Shields Road; turn left onto N.C. 66, which turns into Mountain Street; turn left onto South Main Street and follow it back to Salisbury Street.

•             Traveling West on Salisbury Street: Take South Main Street; turn right onto Mountain Street, which turns into N.C. 66; turn right onto Shields Road and follow it back to Salisbury Street.

NCDOT expects the closures to cause some traffic congestion. The department encourages motorists to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations safely.

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