NCDOT to Temporarily Detour U.S. 421/Business 40 East Traffic in Kernersville for Bridge Demolition Tuesday, April 03, 2012

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily detour traffic this week on U.S. 421/Business 40 East in Kernersville to allow crews to safely demolish part of the Salisbury Street bridge.

The detour will go into effect on Wednesday, April 4, at 11 p.m. and remain in place until Thursday, April 5, at 5 a.m.

During this time, motorists should take the following route to avoid the work zone: Take U.S. 421/Business 40 East to South Main Street to Bodenhamer Street (N.C. 66) back to U.S. 421/Business 40 East.

NCDOT will have signs in place to help guide motorists along the detour route. The department urges drivers to go slow, pay attention and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

While the detour is in place, crews will remove the concrete girders that form the support system for the driving surface of the 60-year-old Salisbury Street bridge over U.S. 421/Business 40 East. Later this month, NCDOT will put a similar detour in place for U.S. 421/Business 40 West to allow similar bridge demolition work to occur.

In place of the old Salisbury Street bridge, crews will build a new, more modern $2.2 million bridge to help traffic flow more safely and efficiently through the area. The new bridge is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 30.

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