I-95 Closures Next Week in Nash County for Bridge Work - Truck traffic on I-95 North to use detour all week Thursday, May 16, 2013

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation and crews with G.A. & F.C. Wagman Inc. of York, Pa. are hard at work completing two bridge rehabilitation projects near Rocky Mount that are part of a multi-county effort to rehabilitate 13 bridges on or over Interstate 95 in northeastern North Carolina. Work is scheduled to be complete this summer.

The following closures are scheduled next week on both directions of I-95 at mile marker 145 so crews can work on the Swift Creek bridges near Gold Rock:
•    Starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 20, I-95 North will be closed for crews to work on the I-95 North bridge over Swift Creek. I-95 North will reopen at 6 a.m. that day and then close again at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. The road will reopen at 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 22.

During these closures, all 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 North at Exit 150. Motorists should expect heavy congestion in this area and are advised to seek alternate routes.

•    The left lane of I-95 North at this location will remain closed from 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 20, until Friday, May 24, at noon. During this lane closure, all truck traffic will take the detour set up for the nighttime closure.

•    The left lane of I-95 South will also be closed starting at 6 a.m. Monday, May 20, so crews can continue work on the I-95 South bridge over Swift Creek. The lane will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 21.

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 projects, which started in 2012, are a way to extend the life of bridges and are done at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing a bridge. 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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