- Beginning tonight, motorists who travel on U.S. 52 near I-40 in Winston-Salem will encounter nighttime closures as the N.C. Department of Transportation
removes the existing Mock Street bridge as part of the Salem Creek Connector project.Temporary Closure of U.S. 52 North From 11 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, all lanes of U.S. 52 North between I-40 Business and I-40 will be closed to allow crews to begin demolition of the existing Mock Street bridge. Crews will also close the left lane of U.S. 52 South during this time. During this closure, motorists on U.S. 52 North will be instructed to take I-40 West to Peters Creek Parkway (Exit 192) to Business 40 East back to U.S. 52 North. A map of the detour route can be seen here.Crews will repeat this closure beginning at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20 in order to remove the girders of the demolished bridge. The road is expected to reopen no later than 5 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21.Temporary Closure of U.S. 52 South Beginning at 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, all lanes of U.S. 52 South between I-40 and I-40 Business will be closed until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 19, as demolition of the Mock Street bridge continues. The left lane of U.S. 52 North will also be closed during this time.During this closure, motorists will take U.S. 52 South to Business 40 West (Exit 109B) to Peters Creek Parkway (Exit 5A) to I-40 East back to U.S. 52 South (Exit 193A) to detour around the work area. A map of the detour route can be seen here.At 11 p.m. on Monday, May 19, crews will repeat the closure of U.S. 52 South in order to remove the girders of the demolished bridge. The road is expected to reopen no later than 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20.NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information and use extreme caution in the work zone. This work is part of NCDOT's Salem Creek Connector project, a new 1.1-mile, four-lane road with a median from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive south of Winston-Salem State University to Rams Drive at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The project includes the construction of 11 bridges, a roundabout at Salem Avenue and City Yard Drive, and a diverging diamond interchange at U.S. 52. When complete, the Salem Creek Connector will improve mobility, reduce congestion and improve safety in this area. The department urges motorists to "know before you go" about traffic conditions on U.S. 52. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ncdot_triad. 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.