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I-40 to close for bridge installation

Friday, April 26, 2013
An artists rendering of what the final Tobacco Trail bridge over I-40 would look like

An artist's rendering of what the final Tobacco Trail bridge over I-40 would look like (Image courtesy City of Durham)

City officials say Interstate 40 will be shut down this weekend while workers install a new bridge that will link both halves of the American Tobacco Trail.

The work is scheduled to start at midnight Sunday morning and should be complete by 7 a.m.

Detours will be set up while the work is done. Heading east, traffic will be detoured using Renaissance Parkway. And heading west, traffic will use Highway 54. Signs will direct major through traffic to use Highway 147 to avoid the detours altogether.

While the interstate is closed, workers will use cranes to lift the massive pre-built pedestrian bridge onto its foundation. Durham officials said four partially pre-assembled sections of the 270 foot long bridge arrived last week and are now being assembled on the northern shoulder of Interstate 40.

Once the bridge is in place, the contractor will begin installing the bridge deck, fencing, lighting, and other elements.

City officials said the bridge is still on track to be finished this July despite some setbacks. As ABC11 reported in March, an error in the layout of the foundation meant workers had to go back and cut down the concrete to make it level.

The $9 million pedestrian bridge will link the 6-mile section of the trail that ends in downtown Durham with the south section that runs through Durham, Chatham and Wake counties all the way to New Hill near Apex. When it's finished, the trail will be an uninterrupted 22 miles end to end.

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