Winston Road Bridge Replacement (Lexington)
NCDOT TIP # B-3159
Project Type: Bridge Replacement
Affected Counties: Davidson
Estimated Cost: $20 Million
The bridge along NC Hwy 8/US 52 (Winston Road) over the I-85 Business Loop/US 29-64-70 (NC bridge #27) in Lexington was built in 1950. According to the NCDOT, it has a "sufficiency rating" of only 35.45 out of a possible 100, so it's time to replace.
But according to NCDOT Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey, this project is "so much more than just a bridge replacement, and people need to know the scope of it."
The new bridge will be raised from 14 feet (current height) to 17 feet. In conjunction with the bridge replacement, the road will be widened, the pedestrian bridge will be removed, and the interchanges will be reconfigured.
These changes will severely impact the surrounding homes and businesses.
According to the NCDOT, they will keep the bridge open during construction, to help maintain a normal traffic pattern.
The project is being overseen by the Piedmont Triad Rural Planning Organization and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. A public information meeting was held in January 2014 at Lexington Senior High School.
- The Davidson County Dispatch: "Public voices support, concerns about Winston Road bridge"
- The Davidson County Dispatch: "Plans for Winston Road bridge replacement to be unveiled"
- Noise Analysis (2014)
- State Library of NC: Environmental Study (2014)
Right-of-way acquisition is currently underway.
Construction is projected to begin in June 2015 and last two years.
27 properties will be affected by the new interchanges and several homes will be demolished. Some local businesses will be affected as well - including Jerry Hunt Auto Sales, who will likely have to relocate his 30 year-old business.
$8.5 million has been set aside for property takings thus far.
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