- By Sunday night, motorists on Surrett Drive in High Point will be driving on a new and improved bridge over U.S. 29/U.S. 70/Business 85, as an N.C. Department of Transportation
project to replace the bridge nears completion. The new bridge features an additional travel lane, which will improve the flow of traffic in the area, and sidewalks, which will make crossing the bridge safer for pedestrians.The project is part of the department's State-Funded Bridge Improvement Program to improve the overall condition of the state's bridges. The department is investing $830 million over four years to strategically perform preservation or rehabilitation work when possible. In this instance, replacing the 60-year old bridge was a more feasible investment. The $3.6 million contract was awarded to Yates Construction Company Inc. of Stokesdale in August 2012 and is scheduled to be fully completed by Nov. 1.In order to construct the bridge tie-ins and shift traffic to the new bridge, crews will close the southbound U.S. 29/U.S. 70/Business 85 ramps to and from Surrett Drive, beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, weather permitting. A signed detour will direct motorists on Surrett Drive to take Market Center Drive to Fairfield Avenue and back to Surrett Drive. The work will also require the closure of Surrett Drive at the bridge during this time. Motorists on southbound U.S. 29/U.S. 70/Business 85 wishing to access Surrett Drive will continue on southbound U.S. 29/U.S. 70/Business 85, then take Green Drive to Market Center Drive to Surrett Drive. A map of the work area and detour routes can be seen here.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.