Winston-Salem, NC -- After five months of construction, crews are taking the final steps needed to open the new U.S. 52 South bridge over Liberty Street in Winston-Salem to traffic. The remaining work includes connecting the new bridge to the highway by paving short sections of new concrete roadway on both ends of the bridge.
Crews will begin this process on Friday, Oct. 12, after 8 p.m. They will close the inside lane of U.S. 52 South from south of Akron Drive to just south of Liberty Street, as well as the 25th Street exit ramp (Exit 111A). The closures will enable crews to safely link the inside lane of the new bridge to the inside lane of U.S. 52 South. Weather permitting, the paving will take about two weeks to complete.
At that time, crews will reopen the inside lane, allowing traffic to flow across the new bridge for the first time, and close the outside lane of U.S. 52 South. The 25th Street exit ramp (Exit 111A) will remain closed. These closures will allow crews to link the outside lane of the new bridge to the outside lane of U.S. 52 South. Paving on the outside lane is scheduled to take about two weeks to complete, which is when crews will reopen the 25th Street exit ramp (Exit 111A).
With favorable weather, the N.C. Department of Transportation plans to have traffic flowing on all lanes across the new U.S. 52 South bridge before Thanksgiving Day. The new bridge will replace a 48-year-old bridge that was not built to modern design standards and no longer meets the needs of the more than 80,000 vehicles that travel across it each day. The new bridge will offer a safer, longer lasting way for traffic to cross Liberty Street.
NCDOT expects the closures to create significant traffic congestion on U.S. 52 South. Motorists are strongly encouraged to take an alternate route to reach their destinations.
The department urges motorists to "know before you go" about traffic conditions on U.S. 52. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ncdot_triad.
NC Dept of Transportation