NCDOT to Close I-40 West at Harper Road in Forsyth County for Bridge Preservation Work Tuesday, May 28, 2013

RALEIGHThis week, the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin preservation work on the bridges that carry I-40 West and East over the Yadkin River at the Forsyth-Davie County line, just west of Clemmons.

Work will begin on the westbound bridge and will require the closure of all lanes of I-40 West at Harper Road (Exit 182) for three consecutive weekends. The closures will be in place from 8 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Monday, and are scheduled to occur May 31-June 3, June 7-10 and June 14-17, weather permitting.

During these closures, motorists traveling locally on I-40 West should take Exit 182 (Harper Road) and turn left, then go right on U.S. 158 and right on N.C. 801 back to I-40 at Exit 180.

For motorists traveling to Statesville or points west, NCDOT encourages the use of U.S. 421 North to I-77 South (Exit 265B) to I-40 West (Exit 51B) as an alternate route.

In addition to the weekend closures, motorists can expect weeknight lane closures on this two-mile stretch of I-40 West.  These closures will occur from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. each weeknight through June 17, weather permitting. At least one lane will remain open at all times during the weeknight closures.

This project is part of the NCDOT’s $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of bridges statewide.  

As part of the bridge preservation project, crews will remove the asphalt from the driving surface of the bridge and then use high-powered jets of water to remove any deteriorated concrete. Once the hydro-demolition process is complete, crews will place a layer of latex-modified concrete on the bridge’s surface. These enhancements will improve the ride quality for motorists, as well as help the 55-year-old bridge last longer by sealing and protecting the pavement from water damage.

Once the preservation work is completed on the westbound bridge, crews will begin work on the eastbound bridge.  This work will require the full closure of I-40 East over three weekends, as well as various lane closures on weeknights.  Additional information about work on the eastbound bridge will be provided as it becomes available.

NCDOT reminds motorists to use caution in the area, watch signs for construction information and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations safely.

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