RALEIGH - Weather permitting, work will begin next week on an N.C. Department of Transportation project to replace the West Innes Street bridge over Grant's Creek just north of Catawba College in Salisbury.
On Monday, Feb. 3, crews will close West Innes Street just south of the intersection with Hogan's Valley Way. 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 West Innes Street, but will not be able to pass beyond the closure points on either side of Grant's Creek.
Motorists traveling through the area will use Jake Alexander Boulevard and Statesville Boulevard 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.
The new bridge is scheduled to be complete by Aug. 31, though NCDOT has encouraged the contractor to have the road reopened by the time Rowan-Salisbury Schools begin their new school year on Aug. 25.
This project is part of the department's overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges. Built in 1940, 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.
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