SURRY COUNTY, N.C. -- The left lanes of U.S. 52 will close for three weeks on Monday as NCDOT crews continue to rebuild the bridge at exit 134 in Pilot Mountain.
NCDOT is working with contractor Smith-Rowe to accelerate the bridge construction project by six months. The new bridge should be open to traffic by the end of 2014.
The construction timeline reduction comes from complaints from area businesses of a year-long disconnect from tourists along the highway.
"With these changes, we hope to lessen the impact this bridge replacement project has on the town of Pilot Mountain, its residents and its business owners," said Mike Pettyjohn, division engineer for NCDOT's Division 11.
Cousin Gary's Family Restaurant Owner Debbie Butner said the NCDOT is working with businesses, adding highway signs to let drivers know where to exit or access her business.
This project is part of a $3.1 million contract to replace two bridges in Surry County. An exact cost for the replacement of the bridge at exit 134 has yet to be determined.