UPDATE: Portion of N.C. 268 in Surry County to Close for Bridge Replacement Project Next Week Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SHELBY — On Monday, June 23, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of N.C. 268 in Surry County to begin replacing the bridge on N.C. 268 (Key Street) over U.S. 52.

Crews will close N.C. 268 at the roundabouts near the bridge to begin removing the existing structure, which was built in 1960. The bridge is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient, which mean that although the bridge is safe, it was built to design standards no longer in use and requires costly maintenance to remain functional.

That portion of N.C. 268 will be closed until June 2015 while the bridge replacement project continues. During that time, a detour will be in place directing N.C. 268 eastbound traffic to U.S. 52 South to Pilot Mountain State Park Exit, then from Pilot Knob Road to U.S. 52 North. N.C. 268 westbound traffic will be detoured to U.S. 52 northbound to Cooke School Road exit, then from Cooke School Road to U.S. 52 southbound.

This project is part of a $3.1 million contract to replace two bridges in Surry County: the bridge on N.C. 268 over U.S. 52 and the bridge on Cook School Road over U.S. 52. Contractor for the project is Smith-Rowe, LLC.

Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. 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 the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on 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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