Williams Road Bridge in Forsyth County Now Open to Traffic Monday, March 04, 2013

Plans for permanent bridge repairs under way

RALEIGH – 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 damage.

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.

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