FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C.-- The NCDOT will begin work Friday on a major bridge rehabilitation project that will close parts of Interstate 40 near the Forsyth and Davie County line for the next six weekends.
Engineers are going to be grading and repaving the bridges carrying I-40 over the Yadkin River. They are using a new concrete surface that is supposed to prevent water damage and potholes for the next 20 years.
The bridges were built in the 1950s and need repair in order to last another 20 years say engineers.
Crews will start work Friday night at 8 p.m. in the westbound lanes. I-40 will be closed from Harper Road in Clemmons to N.C. 801 in Bermuda Run. After the westbound lanes are finished, work will begin on the bridge carrying the eastbound lanes over the river.
Engineers estimate each bridge will take about three weeks to complete.
NCDOT Engineer Matt Jones says while the detour using U.S. 158, N.C. 801 and Harper Road will be heavily congested, closing the bridges completely is the safest way to do the work.
"When we looked at the issues to do this at night under lane closures, it would mean very narrow lanes, so safety for the driver would be an issue as well as workers on the bridge trying to work right next to traffic," said Jones.
NCDOT estimates show more than 48,000 cars use that stretch of I-40 every day.
For non-local travelers using I-40 to head to or from western or eastern parts of the state outside of the Piedmont, the NCDOT recommends motorists use U.S.421 and I-77 as detours around I-40 through Davie and Forsyth County.
Along with the weekend closures, there may be some night closures as well.