Delays expected as crews connect new Highway 52 bridge

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Drivers using Highway 52 northbound in Winston-Salem should expect delays over the next couple of weeks as crews connect a newly completed bridge.

All the closures will be in the area of 25th Street and Liberty Street. The first closure will start Sunday, when the right lane, two entrance ramps and an exit ramp will be closed through March 17.

Starting March 18, the left lane will be closed and the right lane reopened. The entrance and exit raps will remain closed, however.

The new traffic pattern will be fully opened March 25. Maps of all the closures can be seen on NCDOT's Highway 52 Bridge Replacement Project website.

After both northbound lanes reopen, work will begin on the new southbound bridge. In May, crews will begin taking out the 3rd, 4th and 5th street ramps and widening Highway 52 north from Business 40.

The project is expected to be completed in December. All told, the project will take three years and cost more than $30 million.

The work is being done so Highway 52 can handle more traffic as Business 40 is closed for rebuilding sometime around 2015.