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Relief has Arrived for Motorists in Rowan County

Raleigh - Relief has arrived for frustrated motorists who had not been able to use the St. Matthews Church Road Causeway in Rowan County. One lane of traffic re-opened last week for drivers.

The road was closed in September 2013 after N.C. Department of Transportation work crews discovered large cracks in the pavement. An investigation late last year confirmed that the foundation of the 85-year-old causeway was crumbling. It was determined the causeway needed to be widened to support the traffic.

After the community, emergency response agencies and Rowan County elected officials said the closure was impacting safety and commerce in the area, the Department found a way to safely open one lane of traffic, controlled by a temporary traffic signal on each end of the causeway-for use by local traffic and emergency vehicles until permanent repairs can be made.

The Board of Transportation approved $200,000 in statewide contingency money which were used to install the two temporary traffic signals and barriers which allowed the road to reopen. Commercial vehicles are still prohibited from using the road to minimize further damage.

The causeway will be monitored for future damages while the roadway is open, and NCDOT workers will continue to keep the safety of the citizens as their first priority.

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2/15/2018 5:22 PM

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