DOT crews to close U.S. 64 at night for bridge work

From Staff Reports

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will close U.S. 64 at Winstead Avenue in Rocky Mount today and Thursday night so crews can work on widening the bridge on Winstead Avenue over U.S. 64. Closures will begin at 11 p.m. both nights and end at 6 a.m. the following mornings. If more time is needed, closures might take place Friday.

During the closures, crews will remove the old barrier rail on the southbound side of the bridge on Winstead Avenue so that the bridge deck can be widened. A portable concrete barrier rail is in place on the bridge. A temporary floor also will be constructed between the new bridge girders that will keep construction materials from falling onto U.S. 64.

U.S. 64 East will be closed on tonight. Traffic on U.S. 64 East will be detoured onto the ramp for the Winstead Avenue exit, across Winstead Avenue and then down the on-ramp back to U.S. 64 East.

U.S. 64 West will be closed on Thursday. Traffic on U.S. 64 West will be detoured onto U.S. 64 Alternate/Buck Leonard Jones Road to Sunset Avenue to Winstead Avenue, back to U.S. 64 West.

This work is part of the project to widen Winstead Avenue to four lanes with a median from south of Hunter Hill Road to U.S. 64, and to six lanes with a median from U.S. 64 to Sunset Avenue. A $13.9 million contract was awarded in July 2011 to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro for the project.

Winstead Avenue will be open to traffic throughout construction and access to businesses will be maintained during the project. Travel lanes on Winstead Avenue and U.S. 64 cannot be closed or narrowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday while traffic is in a two-lane, two-way pattern. When the westbound lanes are done, both directions of traffic will be shifted to the new lanes while the eastbound side is widened.

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