Hastings Hill Road Reopens as Bridge Replacement Project Progresses in Kernersville Friday, August 16, 2013

RALEIGH — Motorists in Kernersville can once again travel on Hastings Hill Road as work progresses on an N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the Hastings Hill Road bridge over Business 40/U.S. 421.

Hastings Hill Road was reopened to traffic this morning after being closed in July to allow crews to construct a portion of the southern tie-in between the existing and future roadways.  The road was scheduled to be closed through Sunday, Aug. 24, but the work progressed more quickly than anticipated and crews have reopened the road eight days ahead of schedule.

Work on the bridge structure will ramp up next week as crews begin building the bridge support piers. Weather permitting, construction materials will be delivered to the work site on Monday, Aug. 19. The deliveries will require crews to close a lane of Business 40 West/ U.S. 421 North from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Trucks will frequently enter and exit the work zone during this time, and motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution when traveling through the work zone,

Motorists are encouraged to use I-40 West as an alternate route during the closure. A map of the area can be seen here.

This $4.6 million project is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state’s bridges. Investments in our transportation infrastructure provide better access and support economic growth across the state.  

The new bridge and part of Hastings Hill Road will be built in a new alignment, which will eliminate the sharp curve on Hastings Hill Road near East Forsyth High School. Replacing the bridge will not only improve safety, but it will also allow the 5,560 motorists that travel on it each day to reach their destinations more efficiently.  The new bridge is expected to be completed by Jan. 11, 2015.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

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