NCDOT to Open Inside Lane of New U.S. 52 South Bridge over Liberty Street in Winston-Salem Sunday Friday, October 26, 2012

Outside lane of U.S. 52 South will close for paving work

RALEIGH — Motorists can drive over the new U.S. 52 South bridge over Liberty Street in Winston-Salem for the first time, starting Sunday, Oct. 28. Early that afternoon, the N.C. Department of Transportation will open the inside lane of the new bridge to traffic.

At the same time, NCDOT will close the outside lane of U.S. 52 South from south of Akron Drive to just south of Liberty Street for paving work. Crews will build short sections of new concrete roadway on each end of the bridge to connect the outside lane of the existing highway to the outside lane of the new bridge. The process is expected to take about three weeks to complete.

Crews are currently finishing that same process on the inside lane of U.S. 52 South. NCDOT closed it on Oct. 12 to allow crews to safely link the inside lane of the highway to the inside lane of the new bridge. The work is taking about two weeks to complete, as planned.

The temporary closure of the 25th Street exit ramp (Exit 111A) will remain in effect until the paving work on the outside lane of U.S. 52 South is complete.

These are the final steps NCDOT must take before it can open all lanes of the new bridge to traffic. If the weather remains favorable, the department expects that could happen before Thanksgiving.

The new bridge will replace a 48-year-old bridge that was not built to modern design standards and no longer meets the needs of the more than 80,000 vehicles that travel across it each day. The new bridge will offer a safer, longer lasting way for traffic to cross Liberty Street.

NCDOT expects the closures to create significant traffic congestion on U.S. 52 South. Motorists are strongly encouraged to take an alternate route to reach their destinations.

The department urges motorists to “know before you go” about traffic conditions on 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.

 

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