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
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.
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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