DOT to replace Abbotts Creek bridge in Davidson County

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(WGHP File Photo || June 15, 2012)

LEXINGTON, N.C. — DOT officials announced Friday they will soon begin replacing a bridge over Abbotts Creek in Davidson County. 

East Center Street Extension from Druid Hills Drive to Random Drive will be closed for the work beginning Aug. 6, officials said. 

Dale Swicegood, an NCDOT engineer who is overseeing the project, said the existing bridge was built in 1951 and “no longer meets the needs of today’s drivers.” 

“By replacing it with a more modern bridge that is 7.5 feet wider than the old one, we will help improve safety and make it easier for drivers to get where they need to go efficiently,” Swicegood said. 

The new bridge will feature a four-span support system as opposed to the existing bridge’s seven-span system.  Decreasing the number of spans will reduce the effects the bridge has on the creek and surrounding floodplain. 

Replacement work, which is expected to be complete by May 22 of next year, will take place during daytime hours, officials said. 

Crews are putting up signs to warn drivers of the upcoming construction this week.