A traffic shift will go into place next week north of King on U.S. 52 North in Stokes County
. The shift will allow crews to begin replacement of the bridge near exit 129. This replacement is part of a larger N.C. Department of Transportation
project to replace both the north and southbound bridges at this location.Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 7 a.m., contractor crews on the project will start closing lanes on U.S. 52 North and shifting traffic over to the old U.S. 52 South bridge. The shift is expected to be in place by 1 p.m. the following day. Once traffic is switched to the old southbound bridge, crews will remove the existing northbound bridge and start constructing its replacement. U.S. 52 South traffic will continue to use the new southbound bridge that has already been completed as part of this project. Once the new U.S. 52 North bridge is complete, northbound traffic will be shifted back to U.S. 52 North and the old southbound bridge will be demolished. The project is currently scheduled to be completed by October 15, weather permitting. This project is part of the department's statewide bridge program to improve the condition of the state's bridges. The current bridges were built in 1960 and are considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. That means while the bridges remain safe, they have been in deteriorating condition and had weight limits set which restricted the types of vehicles that could travel across it. The new bridges will be built to current design standards and will not have weight restrictions. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel 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.