Crews to Start Work Monday to Replace U.S. 52 Bridges over Tobaccoville Road near Rural Hall Friday, June 22, 2012

RALEIGH — Motorists traveling on U.S. 52 near Rural Hall will see heavy equipment beginning to clear land along the highway, starting Monday, June 25. It is the first step crews will take to replace the U.S. 52 North and South bridges over Tobaccoville Road.

The bridges were built in 1962 and have sufficiency ratings of 68 out of 100. That does not mean the bridges are unsafe. It means they were not built to modern design standards and no longer meet the needs of today’s drivers. By replacing them, NCDOT will improve motorist safety, make travel more efficient and help the local transportation network last longer.

Crews will first build a temporary bridge on the right side of U.S. 52 North that will carry U.S. 52 North traffic while construction is under way. U.S. 52 South traffic will then move onto the existing northbound bridge, so crews can replace the U.S. 52 South bridge first.

The $7.8 million project is scheduled to be complete in April 2015. The contract for the work was awarded to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mt. Airy.

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.

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