NCDOT Makes Progress Building New U.S. 52 South Bridge in Winston-Salem Friday, July 27, 2012

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 day.

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 or follow NCDOT on Twitter at

Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” 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 

(Editor’s note: A photo of the girder installation is available on the NCDOT Flickr page.)



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