- Weather permitting, the N.C. Department of Transportation
will begin work next week to replace the Fisher Road bridge over Second Creek south of Faith in Rowan County. The existing timber bridge is being replaced with a precast cored slab structure that will carry Fisher Road over the stream. This type of installation will significantly reduce construction and future maintenance costs because it will be constructed with concrete and has fewer components that require regular maintenance. The structure will also accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as they will not be subject to load restrictions of the current bridges.The new bridge is expected to be complete by Friday, April 18, 2014. On Monday, Dec. 9, crews will close Fisher Road just north of the intersection with N.C. 152. The road will remain closed to through traffic during construction of the new bridge. Local traffic will be able to access homes and businesses from either end of Fisher Road, but will not be able to pass beyond the closure points on either side of Second Creek. Motorists traveling through the area will use N.C. 152, Faith Road and Crescent Road as the signed detour route. NCDOT encourages motorists to pay attention, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely. This project is part of the department's overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges. Investments in our transportation infrastructure provide better access and support economic growth across the state. The existing bridge was built in the 1958 and is considered both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. This means the bridge is safe, but is reaching the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. The new bridge will not be subject to load restrictions of the existing bridge and will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles.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.