Work on Graham Road bridge under way

  • Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:21 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:22 a.m.

RALEIGH — Construction is now underway on the Graham Road bridge in Rowan County. This week, crews posted work zone signs, put erosion control measures in place and started clearing land where they will build a new bridge over Back Creek.

The existing bridge was built in 1955 and has a sufficiency rating of 6.1 out of 100. That does not mean the bridge is unsafe. It means the bridge was not built to current design standards and no longer meets the needs of today’s drivers. The N.C. Department of Transportation is replacing it with a wider, more modern bridge. 

Crews have closed the existing bridge to traffic, so motorists traveling through the area must take the following detour route: Graham Road to Brown Road to Back Creek Road to Bear Popular Road back to Graham Road.

NCDOT awarded a $1.1 million contract to Country Boy Landscaping Inc. of Harmony to build the project. The new bridge is set to open to traffic in August, with final landscaping work complete by February 2014.

I-85 Clark Road bridge coming down

The N.C. Department of Transportation has a traffic alert for motorists traveling on Interstate 85 between N.C. 150 (Exit 84) and Belmont Road (Exit 86) in Davidson County. NCDOT will close the interstate in both directions nightly from Tuesday, May 7, to Thursday, May 9, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., weather permitting, to demolish and remove the Clark Road bridge over I-85.

Crews may also install lane closures in both directions starting on Monday, May 6, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. During the interstate closure, all traffic will be directed to exit I-85 and follow a signed detour.

 Motorists traveling on I-85 North will:

• Exit at N.C. 150 (Exit 84);

• Turn left onto N.C. 150;

• Turn right onto Old Salisbury Road and proceed for approximately two miles; and

• Turn right onto Belmont Road and proceed to the I-85 North entrance ramp on the right.

 Motorists traveling south will:

• Exit at Belmont Road (Exit 86);

• Turn left onto Belmont Road;

• Turn left onto Old Salisbury Road and proceed for approximately two miles; and

• Turn left onto N.C. 150 and proceed to the I-85 South entrance ramp on the left.

During the closures, signs will alert motorists to the detour, and law enforcement officers will be present to assist with traffic flow. NCDOT encourages drivers to go slow and allow additional time to reach their destinations safely. Traffic flow can be monitored via live cameras on the project website.

The removal of the Clark Road Bridge is part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project, the state’s top mobility project that started in September 2010. Work is scheduled to be complete later in the summer.

For more information, visit or follow NCDOT’s I-85 Twitter feed,

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