Old U.S. 52 South bridge demolished, all
girders installed on new bridge
RALEIGH — It’s
out with the old and in with the new this week, as crews achieve several key
milestones in the construction of the new U.S. 52 South bridge over Liberty
Street in Winston-Salem.
Last night, crews removed the two remaining concrete
support columns that held up the old U.S. 52 South bridge. This marks the end
of demolition work on the old bridge. All other parts of the old bridge have
already been removed and hauled off the site.
On Wednesday night, crews installed the final steel
girder on the new U.S. 52 South bridge. Girders are the horizontal beams that
support the driving surface of the bridge. In all, crews installed six girders
on the new bridge.
With this work complete, crews will now begin building
the driving surface of the new bridge, as well as the new sections of roadway
that will connect the bridge to U.S. 52 South.
This work is part of the U.S. 52 Bridge Replacement
Project, which includes replacing the U.S. 52 North and South bridges over
Liberty Street. The new northbound bridge opened to traffic in March. The N.C. Department of Transportation plans to
move traffic onto the new southbound bridge before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The new bridges are safer, wider and better able to
accommodate the more than 90,000 vehicles that drive through the area every
U.S. 52 will serve as a key detour route when NCDOT
closes U.S. 421/Business 40 for up to two years, starting in 2018, to
completely upgrade 1.1 miles of the road. Making improvements now to traffic
flow and safety on U.S. 52 is a critical step in preparation for the Business 40 Improvement Project.
The department urges motorists to “know before you go”
about traffic conditions around U.S. 52. For real-time travel information at
any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel
or follow NCDOT on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ncdot_triad.
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.
For more information about the U.S. 52 Bridge Replacement
Project, visit www.ncdot.gov/projects/us52BridgeReplacement/.
(Editor’s note: A photo
of the girder installation is available on the NCDOT Flickr