RALEIGH — The N.C.
Department of Transportation has closed the right lane of U.S. 52 South at
Liberty Street in Winston-Salem to repair the temporary metal bridge.
Crews are replacing a damaged steel plate at the north
end of the temporary bridge that closes the gap between the pavement and the
bridge. The damaged plate is 12 feet long and 8 inches wide. In its place, the
project contractor will install a wider, 16-inch plate and use twice as many
anchor bolts to secure it. This improved design is safer and more durable.
The department estimates the lane will reopen by early
evening after the repairs are complete. The inside lane of U.S. 52 South
remains open to traffic.
NCDOT expects the closure to cause some congestion in the
work zone. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, pay attention and allow extra
time to reach their destinations.
The repairs to the temporary bridge will not affect the
opening of all lanes of U.S. 52 North at Liberty Street this afternoon. The
closures on this side of the highway are still set to be lifted by 3 p.m.
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