RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will close the 3rd Street bridge over U.S. 52 in Winston-Salem at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 to replace bridge joints and perform a latex concrete overlay on the bridge deck. The bridge will remain closed until the work is completed on Friday, Sept. 27.
This bridge preservation project is a vital investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure. The work will improve the overall condition of the bridge and help it last longer by sealing and protecting the concrete driving surface from water damage, improving safety and mobility in Winston-Salem.
During the closure, motorists traveling on westbound 3rd Street will use the following detour route:
3rd Street to Metropolitan Drive to 5th Street to Patterson Avenue back to 3rd Street.
Eastbound 3rd Street is currently closed for the city of Winston-Salem’s work on the Salem Creek Connector. Motorists on eastbound 3rd Street will use the existing detour route, with the following extension:
4th Street to Woodland Avenue to 3rd Street.
A map of the work area and detour route can be seen here.
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 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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