4-6-2022 – Lake Hickory bridge to undergo repairs

Posted on: April 6th, 2022 by admin No Comments

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By NEWS-TOPIC STAFF

Apr 4, 2022

 

HICKORY — Repairs to the bridge at Lake Hickory on US Highway 321 are underway this week.

 

The southbound bridge carrying U.S. Hwy. 321 over Lake Hickory will close on weeknights, narrowing the road to one lane in each direction, as reported by the Hickory Daily Record.

 

Repairs are scheduled to take place starting as early as Wednesday, April 6th from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. The bridge work is expected to take seven months, with a tentative completion date of Wednesday, Nov. 30th. The road will not be closed on weekends or holidays.

 

When the southbound bridge is closed, drivers heading south will cross onto the northbound bridge, which will carry one lane in each direction.

 

The southbound bridge is in need of repairs to the steel beams holding it up and the asphalt on top.

 

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the bridge was built in 1962, and over the years the steel beams of the southbound bridge have weakened and now require regular maintenance. The asphalt overlay placed on the southbound lanes nearly two decades ago is also worn down and often creates potholes. Repairs to the steel beams and removal and replacement of old concrete will eliminate the need for frequent maintenance.

 

Both the north and southbound bridges are expected to be replaced entirely when U.S. 321 is expanded to six lanes, according to NCDOT. The expansion project is not scheduled to begin for several years.

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