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Repairs for Akron Drive Bridge Expedited to Next Week After Structure is Hit in Forsyth County

Winston-Salem - Department of Transportation contractors will be out on Monday night to begin repairing multiple beams under the Akron Drive bridge over U.S. 52; portions of which has been closed since July 6, when it was struck by a tractor trailer carrying a piece of construction equipment that was above the clearance height.

NCDOT's special inspection unit has found that seven of the 12 bridge beams were hit and two have been misaligned. The work will require alternating lane closures nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Monday, July 25 until Wednesday, Aug. 3. Very few companies in the United States can do the type of repair that is needed, using a specialized method known as "heat straightening". Crews heat the steel beams to as much as 1,000 degrees and then use jacks to slightly adjust them, then let the beams cool down. The process requires numerous adjustments to return the beams to their original shape.

NCDOT reminds the traveling public to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the Move Over Law. The law which requires motorists to move over one lane, if possible, or reduce speed for stopped construction and emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the shoulder of the highway. Violating the law could result in a $250 fine.

For real-time travel information, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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4/16/2018 4:30 PM

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