Construction to Start Monday on Woodleaf Road Bridge Replacement Project in Rowan County Friday, June 22, 2012

Will require road closure; motorists must follow detour routes

RALEIGH — Construction is scheduled to start Monday, June 25, on the Woodleaf Road bridge replacement project in Salisbury. Crews will replace the aging bridge over North Second Creek with a new, more modern bridge.

As part of the project, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close Woodleaf Road between Godbey Road and Goodson Road, starting Monday at lunchtime. The closure will remain in place until Dec. 31. During that time, motorists must take the following signed detour routes around the work zone:

             Traveling East: Take N.C. 801 South to Statesville Boulevard to Woodleaf Road; and

             Traveling West: Take Statesville Boulevard to N.C. 801 North to Woodleaf Road.

A $1.3 million contract for the project was awarded to Lee Construction Company of the Carolinas Inc. of Charlotte. Construction is scheduled to be complete by May 29, 2013.

The existing bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of two out of 100. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe. It means that the bridge was not built to modern design standards and no longer meets the needs of today’s drivers. By replacing the bridge, NCDOT will improve safety, make traffic flow more efficiently and extend the life of the local transportation network.

Motorists may experience some traffic congestion during construction. NCDOT encourages motorists traveling through the work zone to go slow, pay attention to construction-related signs and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations safely.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” 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.

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