GOLDSBORO – Bridge work on the U.S. 70 Bypass in Wayne County will require a detour in one location and lane reductions in another next week.
On Monday, an N.C. Department of Transportation contractor will close the U.S. 70 flyover bridge in both directions over the U.S. 70 Bypass, which is exit 369. The contractor anticipates reopening the bridge by Monday evening.
The detour will affect only motorists on U.S. 70. A signed detour will send eastbound drivers to exit 372, where they can turn left, get back on U.S. 70 and go in the opposite direction to reach the bypass. Westbound travelers will exit onto the bypass, going under the closed bridge, to the Parkstown Road interchange, where they will exit, go over the bridge, get back on the bypass and return to exit 369 and re-enter U.S. 70.
On Tuesday, the contractor will reduce lanes – but maintain traffic – on the bridge that carries U.S. 13 over the U.S. 70 Bypass. The lane restrictions are expected to last through the week.
Motorists should pay attention when approaching the work zone, obey the posted speed limit, follow posted detours and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.
In both cases, the contractor is doing warranty repairs after the bridges were completed a few years ago. The metal coverings for the joints on the two bridges is beginning to rust; the contractor needs to remove the rust and recoat the coverings with a protective paint.