Motorists to Travel on New U.S. 52 North Bridge for First Time Monday Friday, March 16, 2012

(Project Update: The traffic pattern change will now occur tonight between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. The contractor needed to complete some additional work last night and today, which required NCDOT to adjust the schedule for opening the new U.S. 52 North bridge to traffic by one day. The department is still on track to reopen all lanes of U.S. 52 North on March 25.)

RALEIGH — Motorists will begin traveling for the first time on the newly constructed U.S. 52 North bridge over Liberty Street in Winston-Salem on Monday, March 19. The N.C. Department of Transportation will open the outside lanes of the new bridge to traffic, as well as the outside lane of U.S. 52 North, at 10 p.m.

At that time, NCDOT will also close the inside lane of the highway to traffic. This step will allow crews to connect the inside lane of U.S. 52 North to the inside lanes of the new bridge.

NCDOT expects the closure to create significant traffic congestion on U.S. 52 North, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. Motorists are strongly encouraged to take an alternate route to reach their destinations. To better understand how traffic will flow through the area while the closure is in place, watch this video,

The closure will remain in effect until Sunday, March 25. Once the paving work is complete and the highway is fully connected to the new bridge, NCDOT will open all lanes of U.S. 52 North, and traffic will travel over Liberty Street on all four lanes of the new bridge. The department will also reopen 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) at this time.

Overall, 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.

The department urges motorists to “know before you go” about traffic conditions on U.S. 52. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter at

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” 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.

For more information about the U.S. 52 Bridge Replacement Project, visit

(Editor’s note: Aerial photos of the project area, as well as details about how the new bridge will benefit motorists, are available on the aforementioned project website.)



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