RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation will close the bridge on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive/Jacob Street over I-85 Business and U.S. 29/70 in Thomasville on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. Crews will demolish the bridge in order to build a new one in its place.
NCDOT has already posted electronic message boards along the road to inform motorists of the upcoming closure. Once it is in effect, signs will guide drivers along the detour route, which extends from Cooksey Street to N.C. 109 to Midway School Road to Whitehart School Road. The department urges motorists to go slow and pay attention while traveling through the work zone.
The $1.3 million contract to replace the bridge was awarded to Lee Construction Company of the Carolinas Inc. of Charlotte. Completion is scheduled for 180 days after work begins.
The existing bridge was built in 1950 and has a sufficiency rating of 46.4 out of 100. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe. It means the bridge has outlived its expected lifespan and no longer meets the needs of today’s drivers.
The new bridge will help move goods and people more efficiently through this area. It will also improve safety. By raising the height of the bridge from 17.5 feet to 19 feet, NCDOT will help prevent accidents involving tractor trailers and other vehicles with large loads.
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