WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– The North Carolina Department of Transportation says while it is just about complete with the building of two new bridges carrying Highway 52 over Liberty Street, there will again be more lane closures in the southbound lanes for at least a month.
Friday night, crews will close the inside southbound lane to begin final touches on the new bridge while preparing to switch the traffic pattern. The inside lane will be closed for about 2 weeks and then traffic will be switched and the outside lane will be closed for another 2 weeks.
Crews hope to have all the work and the new southbound bridge finished by Thanksgiving.
The N.C. D.O.T. has been working to replace the bridges for more than 2 years.
Unlike the previous bridges, which were nearly 60 years old, the new bridges are wider, higher, and built to handle the more than 80,000 cars that travel the highway every day.
Driver Hannah Guyton says the construction has been, “a pain, it takes forever.”
Freddy Huffin agrees and says, “it gets backed up, way back especially round 4:30 or 5.”
N.C.D.O.T Engineer Wright Archer says building the new structures has not been easy.
“In my about 22 years it’s been one of the more challenging projects. The traffic volumes, the close confines and we had about an 18 foot grade change,” said Archer.
The N.C. D.O.T warns with one southbound lane closed, traffic will be especially heavy in the mornings as that’s when thousands use Highway 52 to come into Winston-Salem.
Watch for detours and speed reductions as the work wraps up. The bridge carrying the northbound lanes was finished back in May.