Replacement of North Scales Street Bridge Over U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive in Reidsville to Begin This Weekend Thursday, October 3, 2013

RALEIGH — It’s out with the old and in with the new as work progresses on a $50.7 million project to widen U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive from South Scales Street to N.C. 14 in Rockingham County.

This weekend, N.C. Department of Transportation crews will remove the existing North Scales Street bridge over U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive to make room for the construction of a wider, more modern bridge.  

At 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, weather permitting, U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive will be closed at the North Scales Street bridge to allow crews to demolish and remove the old bridge. Detour routes will be posted and U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive will reopen to traffic when the bridge removal is completed, which is scheduled to be no later than 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.

During this time, motorists on northbound U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive will take the newly constructed off-ramp to the right towards Scales Street, make a left onto Scales Street, then make an immediate right to the on-ramp to northbound U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive.

Motorists on southbound U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive will travel north on N.C. 14 to North Scales Street, then take the on-ramp back to U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive.

While the new bridge is being constructed, motorists on Scales Street will take the newly constructed off-ramps to U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive, cross over U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive at the traffic signal, then follow the on-ramps back to Scales Street. Construction of the new bridge is expected to take about a year.

NCDOT is widening the six-mile section of U.S. 29 Business/Freeway Drive from two lanes to four lanes with a median, enhancing safety and mobility in the area between U.S. 29 and N.C. 14 on the western side of Reidsville. Work began in March 2012 and is expected to be completed by Nov. 1, 2015.

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