- The N.C. Department of Transportation
will remove the existing U.S. 52 North bridge over Tobaccoville Road next week as work progresses on a project to replace the two bridges carrying U.S. 52 over Tobaccoville Road in Forsyth County.Weather permitting, crews will close Tobaccoville Road near U.S. 52 at 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12 to remove the existing U.S. 52 North bridge over Tobaccoville Road. The work is expected to be completed by 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16.During the closure, motorists will use the following signed detour route:
Once the existing northbound bridge is removed, crews will begin constructing the new bridge in the same location. When the bridge is completed, southbound traffic will temporarily use the new bridge while the existing southbound bridge is removed and replaced. Northbound traffic was shifted to a temporary bridge in June and will continue to use that bridge until the new southbound bridge is opened to traffic. This project is part of the NCDOT's $450 million state-funded bridge plan for 2011-13, which calls for preservation, repair or replacement of bridges statewide. Work on the $7.8 million project began in June and is scheduled to be complete in April 2015. The contract for the work was awarded to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy.The existing bridges were built in 1962 and have sufficiency ratings of 68 out of 100. That does not mean the bridges are unsafe. It means they were not built to modern design standards and no longer meet the needs of today's drivers. By replacing them, NCDOT will improve motorist safety, make travel more efficient and help the local transportation network last longer.Motorists may experience some traffic congestion during construction. NCDOT encourages motorists traveling through the work zone to obey the posted speed limit, pay attention to construction-related signs and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations safely.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 and bookmark it for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.
- Tobaccoville Road to Westinghouse Road to Griffin Road to Doral Road back to Tobaccoville Road.