Raleigh - An N.C. Department of Transportation contractor is doing bridge preservation work on at exit 82 on I-73 South in Randolph County near Randleman.
As part of a $6.3 million contract to rehabilitate 11.23 miles of I-73-74/U.S. 220, the contractor is replacing the existing concrete riding surface on the southbound bridge deck over Academy Street.
The work is taking place Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. It will continue through August 31.
All traffic detours at the southbound exit ramp, with motorists driving straight down one side of the ramp, crossing over Academy Street, and going down the other side back to the highway.
During weekends, the bridge will be open to traffic. This type of work helps preserve the bridge's condition, which will extend its useful life and reduce the amount of more expensive repairs needed in the future.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch for construction and detour signs, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For real-time travel information at any time, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.
Road, bridge, and other transportation improvement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
New transportation projects in the state's current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory's leadership.