- Work is progressing on an N.C. Department of Transportation
project to replace the Hastings Hill Road bridge over Business 40/U.S. 421, and motorists in Kernersville can expect various road and lane closures to begin next week as crews tie-in the new bridge and demolish the old one.At 9 a.m. on Monday, June 16, weather permitting, crews will close Hastings Hill Road between West Mountain Street and Woodbridge Drive in order to complete the tie-ins connecting the newly constructed Hastings Hill Road to the existing road, and to demolish the existing bridge over Business 40/U.S. 421. Once the tie-ins are complete and the existing bridge is removed, traffic will be shifted to the new Hastings Hill Road bridge over Business 40/U.S. 421. Hastings Hill Road is expected to reopen by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 27.During the closure, motorists may use West Mountain Street, Linville Road, Kernersville Road, and Sedge Garden Road to travel around the work zone. A map of the area can be seen here.Demolition of Existing Bridge To demolish a portion of the existing bridge over Business 40/U.S. 421, crews will close Business 40 East/U.S. 421 South at Linville Road (Exit 10) each night from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Monday, June 16 and Tuesday, June 17. During the closures, motorists will use Linville Road and Kernersville Road as the signed detour route.Bridge demolition will also require Business 40 West/U.S. 421 North to be closed at South Main Street (Exit 14). The nighttime closures will be in place from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday June 20. Motorists will use Kernersville Road and Linville Road to detour around the work zone.To complete the bridge demolition, crews will close the left lane in both directions on Business 40/U.S. 421 at the Hastings Hill Road bridge from 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 until 6 a.m. the next morning.NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and allow additional time to reach their destinations. Work on the $4.6 million Hastings Hill Road bridge replacement project began in January 2013 and is expected to be completed by January 2015. The new bridge and part of Hastings Hill Road are being built in a new alignment, which will eliminate the sharp curve on Hastings Hill Road near East Forsyth High School. Replacing the bridge will not only improve safety and mobility around the school, but it will also allow the 5,560 motorists that travel on the road each day to reach their destinations more efficiently.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT travel website or follow NCDOT on 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.