SHELBY -- Beginning Monday, April 28, motorists can expect new traffic patterns along U.S. 70 in Hickory as crews continue replacing a bridge over 33rd Street Southwest. Traffic along U.S. 70 near the bridge will be shifted to either the east- or westbound lanes for roughly 60 days to allow crews to remove parts of the old bridge and install the new bridge's structure.
The temporary traffic shifts will begin Monday, when all traffic will be moved to the eastbound lanes of U.S. 70. Weather permitting, this phase will last about seven days as crews begin installation for structural steel erection for the new bridge.
Beginning Friday, May 2, traffic will be shifted to the westbound lanes of U.S. 70 as crews continue that work on the opposite side of the bridge. That traffic shift is expected to remain in place for about 12 days.
Beginning Thursday, May 15, traffic will be shifted back to the eastbound lanes of U.S. 70 as crews install the bridge overhang, work on the bridge deck and repair pavement along U.S. 70. That process should take about 40 days.
Beginning Monday, June 23, traffic will be shifted to the westbound lane of U.S. 70 as crews remove the remaining bridge overhang. That work will be completed in about five days.
All start dates for traffic shifts are approximate and dependent on weather.
The $1.4 million bridge replacement project started in January and is on schedule to be completed in July. Once completed, the new bridge will be wider and longer than the previous structure and won't have a posted weight limit. The new bridge will also include a 5-foot, 5-inch sidewalk, making it more pedestrian-friendly.