Plans for permanent bridge repairs under wayRALEIGH – The
bridge on Williams Road over U.S. 421 in Forsyth County is now back open after
a truck hauling a track hoe hit the bridge Wednesday night, forcing it to close
to traffic for several days.
An N.C. Department of
Transportation bridge preservation and repair engineer from Raleigh today
conducted an in-depth analysis of the bridge’s condition and determined that
traffic could safely travel across the bridge, if vehicles did not drive over
the most heavily damaged beam.
NCDOT spent the morning taking the steps needed to shift
both travel lanes away from the damaged portion of the bridge. They removed the
existing pavement markings and restriped the road to reflect the move. Crews
also put up barriers to prevent vehicles from driving near the damaged beams.
The bridge reopened to two-way traffic today at 2:45 p.m.
The department has put this temporary solution in place, so
the road can remain open while engineers work on plans to permanently fix the
NCDOT encourages drivers to use caution while traveling
across the bridge, because it is narrower than it was prior to the accident.
With less travel space, it is important for motorists to go slow and pay
attention to the road while driving on the bridge.
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.