GREENSBORO – An all-lanes closure is in place for a section of southbound Interstate 73 where a fuel tanker crash damaged a bridge in southwest Greensboro in December.
The bridge and span of I-73 South where it passes over I-85 closed on March 16 and are expected to reopen Friday, April 19.
Southbound I-73 traffic will be detoured to take Exit 97A for Business 85 North and then Exit 35A for U.S. 220 South. Drivers can also take I-40 East directly to U.S. 220 South at Exit 218A.
The closure was necessary for the contractor to safely lift the south end of the bridge to replace the bearings, remove and replace the end diaphragms and modular joint, and restore the damaged deck and concrete barrier wall.
Flatiron Constructors, contracted by the N.C. Department of Transportation, is repairing the bridge on an accelerated schedule at a cost of $3.9 million. Full project completion is anticipated by Friday, May 10. However, the repair work is weather dependent. NCDOT will provide updates on any significant events affecting traffic as the repair progresses.
Drivers should slow down near the work zone and pay close attention to signed detour instructions.
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