Detour reroutes Business I-85 near DCCC
Motorists taking a popular route along Interstate 85 Business Loop near Davidson County Community College will negotiate a detour until the fall of next year as crews replace a bridge over Rich Fork Creek.
Crews for the N.C. Department of Transportation are replacing the northbound I-85 Business bridge. The bridge being replaced was built in 1951 at the onset of the interstate highway system.
The $1.8 million project, awarded to the Mount Airy-based contractor Smith-Rowe Inc., should be completed by mid-November 2014, said DOT Communications Officer Amanda Perry. While work is taking place, northbound traffic on the expressway is diverting onto one lane of the southbound bridge. The southbound bridge was replaced in 2005.
The most current traffic count for I-85 Business at the bridge is 20,200 vehicles per day, according to the DOT.
The construction hasn’t caused major disruptions for students commuting to and from DCCC, said Rusty Hunt, a college vice president.
Students and DCCC staff coming to the campus from Thomasville and other points south can take an alternate DCCC entrance off of Old Greensboro Road if they want to avoid traveling I-85 Business, Hunt said.
Meanwhile, the DOT is scheduled to begin work this week on a series of road resurfacings across Davidson County. The resurfacing work will cover nearly 30 miles.
The road resurfacing will take place along these roads:
• Eller Road
• Linwood-Southmont Road from N.C. 8 to the bridge over Swearing Creek
• Motsinger Road
• N.C. 109 from Old N.C. 64 to Tom’s Creek Church Road
• N.C. 150 from E.L. Meyers Road to Tyro Heights Road
• Palmer Road
• Reagan Road/Jerusalem Road.
The $3.2 million contract was awarded to Charlotte-based Blythe Construction.
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