|Final Weekend Closure of I-40 East at N.C. 801 in Davie County Set to Begin Friday Night
||Thursday, July 25, 2013
RALEIGH — The final weekend closure of I-40 East is scheduled to begin tomorrow as a N.C. Department of Transportation project to preserve the bridges carrying I-40 over the Yadkin River at the Forsyth-Davie county line nears completion.
To complete the concrete installation on the eastbound bridge deck, crews will close I-40 East at N.C. 801 (Exit 180) at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 26, until 6 a.m. on Monday, July 29, weather permitting.
Motorists should expect significant travel delays of several hours in advance of the work zone and are strongly encouraged to use an alternate route and allow additional time to reach their destinations.
During the closure, motorists traveling locally on I-40 East should take N.C. 801 (Exit 180) to U.S. 158/Clemmons Road to Harper Road back to I-40 East as a detour.
Local traffic can also use Farmington Road to Courtney-Huntsville Road/Shallowford Road to US-421 South back to I-40 East (Exit 238).
For motorists traveling to Winston-Salem or points east, NCDOT encourages the use of U.S. 601 North to U.S. 421 South back to I-40 East as an alternate route.
A map of the work area, detour and alternate routes can be found here.
Once the weekend closure is complete, motorists can expect intermittent weeknight lane closures on this two-mile stretch of I-40 East. These closures may occur from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on weeknights through Friday, Aug. 16, weather permitting. At least one lane will remain open at all times during the weeknight closures.
The bridge 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. This weekend’s closure is the last of four weekend closures on this stretch of I-40, which were necessary to complete the bridge preservation project as quickly and efficiently as possible. NCDOT originally planned for I-40 to be closed over six weekends, but the work progressed more quickly than anticipated allowing the number of closures to be reduced to four.
NCDOT continues to work with surrounding communities to get the word out about the closure. Area businesses will remain open during the closure and local traffic is encouraged to use alternate routes to access those businesses, particularly during peak travel times. NCDOT has increased the number of message boards and signs in the area in order to alert motorists to alternate routes well in advance of the closure. NCDOT is also broadcasting information regarding the closure on Highway Advisory Radio 1600 AM, 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.”
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.
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.
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