New bridge will improve safety, extend lifespan of local transportation
RALEIGH – Work is
scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 12, on a $1.7 million project to replace
the Moose Road bridge over Lake Fisher in Kannapolis. The new bridge will
improve motorist safety and extend the life of the local transportation
The existing bridge was built in 1959 and has a sufficiency
rating of 8.1 out of 100. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe. It means the
bridge was not built to modern design standards and no longer meets the needs
of today’s drivers. The new bridge will be 32 feet wide – 10 feet wider than
the existing bridge. The additional room will allow for wider travel lanes and
Crews with Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy will construct the
new bridge in the same location as the existing bridge. This process will
require closing the existing bridge to traffic and installing the following
detour route: Moose Road to China Grove Road to Lane Street to Turkey Road back
to Moose Road. The closure is currently set to begin on March 12.
The N.C. Department of
Transportation urges motorists driving near the work zone to go slow, pay
attention to construction-related signs and allow extra time to get where they
need to go safely.
The project is scheduled to be complete by April 30, 2014.
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