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Work on Anthony Road, Klumac bridge begins Wednesday

N.C. Department of Transportation crews will begin a project to widen Anthony Road and improve U.S. 52 and Gold Knob Road in Rockwell.

Weather permitting; work will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and is expected to wrap up by Sunday, July 30, at 5 p.m.

During the closure, motorists will use Park Drive, Gold Knob and U.S. Highway 52 to detour around the closure.

“This intersection is being widened following an NCDOT investigation that found safety concerns,” said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey.

“It is being funded by the “Spot” Safety Program as part of Governor McCrory’s 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, health care and recreation opportunities,” said Division 9 board member Jake Alexander.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

NCDOT contractors plan to begin replacing the bridge carrying Klumac Road over Town Creek between Jake Alexander Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard, closing a portion of the roadway in Salisbury.

“The Klumac Road Bridge project is part of the department’s overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state’s bridges,” said Alexander.

“Governor McCrory improved bridge safety by increasing repair and replacement funding by 58 percent, totaling $242 million in 2016-2017,” said Ivey.

Work will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. The new bridge should be open by Monday, Oct. 31.

The existing 54-year-old bridge is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. It is safe, but is in deteriorating condition and needed more constant repairs. It was also built to design standards no longer used, and it doesn’t meet the demands of the traffic using it.

Motorists will navigate around the work using a 1-mile detour on Jake Alexander Boulevard and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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

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