Repair Work to Begin Monday on Damaged Portion of Winston Road Bridge in Lexington Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Will require the bridge, I-85 Business South to close for several weeks

RALEIGH — Next week, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin repairing the section of the Winston Road (N.C. 8) bridge over I-85 Business South that was damaged when a truck pulling a bucket truck on a low-boy trailer hit the bridge. The accident cracked the concrete deck of the bridge and damaged two of the six beams that support it.

Weather permitting, the work is scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 26, at 9 a.m. It will require NCDOT to close the bridge to traffic in both directions, as well as all lanes of I-85 Business South at the interchange. The closures are needed to allow crews to safely remove the cracked portion of the bridge deck, replace the damaged beams with two new beams, and repour the concrete bridge deck, sidewalks and barrier rails.

Starting Monday, motorists traveling on I-85 Business South must follow a detour route around the closure. They will take the Winston Road (N.C. 8) exit, travel across Winston Road, and go down the entrance ramp back to I-85 Business South. I-85 Business North will have no lane or ramp closures.

Motorists traveling north on Winston Road (N.C. 8) should take the following detour route:
•    Turn left on Main Street;
•    Turn right onto West Center Street;
•    Follow West Center Street to U.S. 64; and
•    Take U.S. 52 North back to Winston Road (N.C. 8).

Motorists traveling south on Winston Road (N.C. 8) should take the following detour route:
•    Take U.S. 29/70/I-85 Business South;
•    Take the first exit at West Center Street Extension;
•    Turn right onto West Center Street Extension;
•    Turn right onto West Center Street;
•    Turn right on U.S. 29/70/I-85 Business North; and
•    Follow U.S. 29/70/I-85 Business North back to Winston Road (N.C. 8).

While the closures are in effect, motorists may encounter traffic delays. NCDOT urges drivers to allow plenty of extra time to reach their destinations safely. The repairs are scheduled to be complete by Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.

The department encourages motorists to “know before you go” about traffic conditions on I-85 Business. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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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