UPDATE: Bridge Preservation Work I-40 West at Harper Road in Forsyth County Postponed Due to Weather Thursday, June 06, 2013

UPDATE:  Due to the forecast for significant rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Andrea, the work scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until next weekend, June 14-16.

RALEIGH
— Work is scheduled to continue this weekend on a N.C. Department of Transportation project to preserve the bridges that carry I-40 West and East over the Yadkin River at the Forsyth-Davie county line, just west of Clemmons. The preservation project will improve the condition of the 55-year old bridges and is necessary to ensure these bridges remain safe for travel through this high traffic area.

NCDOT is working closely with surrounding communities to get the word out about the closures. Area businesses will remain open throughout the project and local traffic is encouraged to use alternate routes to access those businesses, particularly during peak travel times. Message boards and signs in the area will alert motorists to alternate routes, and local law enforcement will direct traffic as necessary.

“Bridge preservation projects like this one are necessary to ensure the longer term safety and viability of important roadways that connect our communities," said NCDOT Division Engineer Pat Ivey.  “While we are working through weekends to finish as quickly as possible, we know there is a short term impact to people who live, work and shop in the area. That's why we are working to divert as much traffic as possible to alternate routes and will continue our efforts to inform motorists statewide of the work schedule and encourage the patronage of local businesses.”

Project Details
This bridge preservation project is a vital investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure.  The work will improve the overall condition of the bridges and help them last longer by sealing and protecting the concrete driving surface from water damage, improving safety and mobility on this section of I-40.  
Work will continue on the westbound bridge this weekend and again require the closure of all lanes of I-40 West at Harper Road (Exit 182). The closure will be in place from 8 p.m. on Friday, June 7, until 6 a.m. on Monday, June 10, weather permitting.

During the closure, motorists traveling locally on I-40 West should take Harper Road (Exit 182) to U.S. 158 to N.C. 801 back to I-40 West.  

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 intermittent weeknight lane closures on this two-mile stretch of I-40 West.  These closures may occur from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on weeknights through June 21, weather permitting. At least one lane will remain open at all times during the weeknight closures.

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 two weekends, as well as various lane closures on weeknights.  Additional information about work on the eastbound bridge will be provided as it becomes available.

Work is progressing ahead of schedule on the project, reducing the total number of weekend closures from six to four.  The preservation project will be complete prior to the beginning of peak summer travel season, allowing motorists from across the state to benefit from the bridges’ improved safety and ride quality.

Project Background
This $2 million project is part of NCDOT’s $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which calls for preservation, repairs or replacement of bridges statewide.  Under this plan, the department uses a preservation and rehabilitation approach when possible to make the best use of limited funds.  Instead of just replacing bridges across the board, strategic improvements are made to extend the life span of the existing bridge at a significant cost savings. This approach allows the department to improve the overall condition of bridges across the state and stretch the taxpayers’ dollars much further.

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

For updates and additional information about this project, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/ncdot_I40 or visit www.ncdot.gov/travel.

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