I-95 in Nash County to Close for Bridge Work Next Week Friday, May 10, 2013

RALEIGH – Only a few more weeks of work are left on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s multi-county project to rehabilitate 13 bridges on or over Interstate 95.

Starting Monday, May 13, at 6 a.m., the right lane of I-95 South will be closed at mile marker 145 near Gold Rock so crews with G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa. can continue work on the I-95 South bridge over Swift Creek. The lane will remain closed until noon on Friday, May 17.

In addition to this lane closure, all lanes of I-95 North will be closed starting Monday, May 13, at 12:01 a.m. at mile marker 145 near Gold Rock so crews can continue work on the I-95 North bridge over Swift Creek. The right lane of I-95 North will reopen to traffic at 6 a.m. on Monday.

I-95 North will then close again at the same location Tuesday, May 14, at 10 p.m., with the right lane reopening at 6 a.m., Wednesday, May 15. This closure is necessary for crews to pour a concrete overlay on the bridge. If the weather does not allow work to take place Tuesday night, it will be rescheduled for Wednesday night, with the right lane reopening at 6 a.m. Thursday, May 16. The left lane of I-95 North will remain closed until Friday, May 17, at noon.

During the northbound I-95 closures, traffic will take the exit for Gold Rock, turn left on N.C. 4/N.C. 48 North and right on N.C. 33 back to I-95 at Exit 150. The entrance ramp from Gold Rock onto I-95 North will also be closed during this time. Any traffic attempting to access I-95 North from Gold Rock will have to follow the same detour as I-95 North traffic.

Motorists should expect heavy congestion in this area during the I-95 North closures and are advised to seek alternate routes.

A $2.9 million contract was awarded in May 2012 to G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. for the 13 bridge rehabilitation projects in Halifax, Nash and Northampton counties. The work involves hydro-demolition, or the application of intense water pressure, to remove old concrete from the bridge deck. A new concrete or epoxy overlay is then applied to the deck and the bridge is restriped.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Motorists should expect delays when traveling through these work zones.

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