NCDOT to Temporarily Detour Traffic on U.S. 421/Business 40 in Kernersville for Bridge Construction Work Thursday, June 28, 2012

Crews will install girders on the new Salisbury Street bridge

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily detour traffic on U.S. 421/Business 40 in Kernersville starting this week, so crews can construct the new Salisbury Street bridge. By closing lanes, they can safely put large concrete girders in place, which will support the driving surface of the new bridge over the highway.

NCDOT will close U.S. 421/Business 40 East on Friday, June 29, at 11 p.m. It will reopen to traffic on Saturday, June 30, at 5 a.m.

On Monday, July 2, at 11 p.m., the department will close U.S. 421/Business 40 West and detour traffic around the work zone until Tuesday, July 3, at 5 a.m.

During the closures, motorists should take the following routes to avoid the work zone:

             Traveling east: 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; and

             Traveling west: Take U.S. 421/Business 40 West to Bodenhamer Street (N.C. 66) to South Main Street back to U.S. 421/Business 40 West.

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.

This work is part of a $2.2 million project to replace the 60-year-old Salisbury Street bridge with a new, more modern bridge that will 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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