Bridge Preservation Project to Close U.S. 421 South in Forsyth County This Weekend Thursday, September 05, 2013

RALEIGH — A project to preserve the southbound U.S. 421 bridge over the Yadkin River will require the N.C. Department of Transportation to close a section of U.S. 421 South in Yadkin County this weekend. The work will improve the overall condition of the bridge and is expected to extend its lifespan by as much as 10 years.

Weather permitting, crews will close U.S. 421 South at Dinkins Bottom Road (exit 249) at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7 to apply an epoxy overlay to the existing bridge deck. The road is expected to reopen by 6 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 9.

During the closure, motorists will use the following signed detour route:

  • U.S. 421 South to Dinkins Bottoms Road (Exit 249) to Shallowford Road back to U.S. 421 South.

This 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 existing bridges 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.

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