Bridge Work to Close I-95 South in Nash County and Lanes of I-95 North and South in Halifax and Nash Counties Next Week Friday, April 19, 2013

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Interstate 95 South at Exit 145 for Gold Rock in Nash County at 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 22. The right lane will reopen at 6 a.m. while crews continue working in the left lane. I-95 South will then close again at this location on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 10 p.m. with the left lane reopening at 6 a.m. the following mornings. All lanes will reopen to traffic by Friday, April 26 at noon.

These closures are necessary for crews to work on a rehabilitation project on the I-95 South bridge over Swift Creek just north of Exit 145.

During the nighttime closure, southbound traffic will take Exit 150, turn right on N.C. 33, left on N.C. 4/N.C. 48 for five miles and right on N.C. 4 to take the entrance ramp onto I-95 South at Exit 145. In addition to the nighttime closure, truck traffic will also follow the detour route during the day.

The following lane closures for bridge rehabilitation projects will also take place next week along I-95:

•    Left lane of I-95 North from mile marker 148 in Nash County to mile marker 151 in Halifax County starting at 6 a.m. Monday, April 22. The closure is necessary for crews to work on the I-95 North bridge over Fishing Creek. All lanes of I-95 North will reopen to traffic by Friday, April 26 at noon; and

•    Left lane of I-95 South in Halifax County from mile marker 161 to south of the N.C. 561 bridge over I-95 starting at 4 a.m. Monday, April 22. The closure is necessary for crews to work on the N.C. 561 bridge over I-95. All lanes of I-95 South will reopen to traffic by Friday, April 26 at noon.

One lane of I-95 South will be open at all times at these locations and no detours will be in place. Motorists should expect delays when traveling through these work zones.

A $2.9 million contract was awarded in May 2012 to G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa. for rehabilitation projects on 13 bridges on and over I-95 in Halifax, Nash and Northampton counties, including these bridges.

Rehabilitation projects are a way to extend the life of a bridge, and are done at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing a bridge.

The preservation work on these bridges will involve hydro-demolition, or the application of intense water pressure, to remove old concrete from the bridge deck. A new concrete or epoxy overlay will then be applied to the deck and the bridge will be restriped.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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