Engineers will determine next week if temporary repairs are possible
RALEIGH – The
bridge on Williams Road over U.S. 421 in Lewisville will remain closed over the
weekend, as N.C. Department of Transportation
engineers create a plan to repair the damage sustained Wednesday night when a
truck hauling a track hoe hit it.
An initial inspection shows that two of the four support
beams beneath the pavement were damaged. An NCDOT bridge preservation and
repair engineer will travel from Raleigh to the site of the accident early next
week to determine if temporary repairs are possible. Temporary repairs would
allow the department to open at least one lane of the bridge until permanent
repairs are made.
While the closure is in effect, motorists should take the
following detour routes:
south on Williams Road to U.S. 421 South: Take U.S. 421 North for 1.9 miles
and get off at Exit 246 (Shallowford Road). Turn left onto Shallowford Road and
then turn left to access U.S. 421 South.
north on Concord Church Road to U.S. 421 North: Take U.S. 421 South for 2.3
miles and get off at Exit 242 (I-40 West/Clemmons Tanglewood). Turn left onto
Lewisville-Clemmons Road and then turn right to access U.S. 421 North.
NCDOT encourages motorists to go slow, pay attention to
posted signs and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations safely.
For real-time travel information any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel/ or follow NCDOT
on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/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. Then,
bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the
iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.