Bridge Preservation Work to Start Friday Night on U.S. 52 South in Winston-Salem Thursday, October 11, 2012

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will close U.S. 52 South at Exit 117 (University Parkway) in Winston-Salem, starting Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. Weather permitting, the closure will remain in place through Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 a.m. The closure is necessary to allow crews to perform preservation work on the bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad south of Bethania-Rural Hall Road.


Similar to the work crews did last weekend on the U.S. 52 North bridge at the same location, they will remove the asphalt from the driving surface of the bridge and then use high-powered jets of water to remove any deteriorated concrete. Once the hydro-demolition process is complete, crews will place a layer of latex-modified concrete on the bridge’s surface. These enhancements will improve the ride quality for motorists, as well as help the 50-year-old bridge last longer by sealing and protecting the pavement from water damage.


While the work is under way, NCDOT will install a tapered closure on U.S. 52 South to help traffic continue to flow safely and smoothly around the work zone. Just north of Exit 117 (University Parkway), the department will close the right lane of the highway. At Exit 117 (University Parkway), crews will close the left lane, completely shutting down the road.


At that point, U.S. 52 South traffic must take the following detour route:

  • Take Exit 117 to University Parkway;
  • At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto University Parkway South;
  • Follow University Parkway South for 1.7 miles to the U.S. 52 junction; and
  • Take a right onto the U.S. 52 South entrance ramp.


NCDOT will help guide motorists around the closure using large message boards.


Because traffic delays may occur, the department urges motorists to avoid the area, if possible. If drivers cannot take an alternate route, they should allow plenty of extra time to reach their destinations safely.


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(Click here - - to see a Google map of the project location and the detour route.)




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