Crews will replace it with a safer, more
RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will close
the U.S. 29/70 bridge over the Yadkin River in Davidson and Rowan counties to
traffic on Monday, April 16, to replace it with a safer, more modern bridge.
The U.S. 29/70 bridge is one of eight bridges that crews
will replace as part of phase one of the
I-85 Corridor Improvement Project.
Phase one also includes reconstructing the N.C. 150 interchange and widening
I-85 from four lanes to eight lanes from Long Ferry Road (Exit 81) to just
north of the N.C. 150 interchange.
NCDOT will close the bridge at 8 a.m. and put detour
routes in place. Traffic traveling southbound on U.S. 29/70 will take Old
Salisbury Road and cross over the Yadkin River on the historic Wil-Cox Bridge, which
crews rehabilitated last year.
Drivers traveling northbound from Spencer on U.S. 29/70
will follow Andrews Street to Old Union Church Road to I-85, or they can take
U.S. 29/70 to Long Ferry Road to access I-85.
In addition to closing the bridge, NCDOT will also close
the entrance ramp from U.S. 29/70 to I-85. While these closures are in place,
the department urges motorists to slow down, pay attention and allow extra time
to reach their destinations safely.
The U.S. 29/70 bridge was built in 1951 and has a
sufficiency rating of 20 out of 100. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe.
It means the bridge was not built to modern design standards and does not
efficiently accommodate today’s traffic levels. Replacing it will not only
improve safety and traffic flow through the area, but it will also increase the
lifespan of the local transportation network.
Upon closing the bridge, crews will demolish it and build
the new bridge in its place. Construction is scheduled to be complete by fall
For more information about the I-85 Corridor Improvement
Project, visit www.i-85yadkinriver.com or
follow NCDOT’s I-85 Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/NCDOT_I85.