- Next week, N.C. Department of Transportation
crews will begin replacing the Old U.S. 64/Old Raleigh Road bridge over Abbott's Creek in Lexington. At 85 years old, the bridge is one of the oldest in Davidson County. On Monday, March 24, weather permitting, crews will close Old U.S. 64/Old Raleigh Road between Young Drive and Mayflower Road. The road will remain closed to through traffic during construction of the new bridge, which is expected to be complete by Sunday, Oct. 19.Local traffic will be able to access homes and businesses from either end of Old U.S. 64/Old Raleigh Road, but will not be able to pass beyond the closure points on either side of Abbott's Creek. Motorists traveling through the area will use Talbert Road and Center Street 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. Built in 1929, the existing bridge is reaching the end of its life cycle and needs to be replaced to meet current and future traffic demands. The new bridge will accommodate all traffic, including trucks and emergency vehicles, as it will not be subject to the load restrictions of the current bridge. 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.