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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Old Greensboro Road Bridge Closing Completely

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Field Operations
June 23, 2020

The bridge that carries Old Greensboro Road over Brushy Fork will be completely closed as a precaution starting mid-morning, Wednesday, June 24, to prevent a possible head-on collision in the lane of the bridge that was left open. 

As a result, Old Greensboro Road will be closed to through traffic between Waterworks Road and East Fifth Street. The bridge will remain closed until further notice. The bridge is a tenth of a mile east of the intersection with East Fifth Street.

City officials closed the eastbound lane June 3 after an inspection found that the supporting beams under the eastbound lane have areas that have rusted through. At the time, officials kept the westbound lane open and set up a detour for eastbound traffic.

However, there have been repeated incidents of eastbound vehicles ignoring the detour and using the westbound lane, leading to the decision to completely close the bridge as a safety precaution.

A detour using New Walkertown Road and Waterworks Road will be posted. 

The city is using its emergency procurement authority to expedite a design-and-build contract for the bridge repair, but city officials have no estimate yet of how long that may take because the timetable will depend upon the availability of a contractor.

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