WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A portion of Business Interstate 40 in North Carolina will be closed over the weekend to allow workers to remove a bridge.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the N.C. Department of Transportation says the closure starts at 9 p.m. Friday, with all lanes scheduled to reopen by 11 a.m. Sunday. Contractors will be removing the Fourth Street bridge, one of many to be replaced during the project.

Pat Ivey, division engineer for the NCDOT in Forsyth County, said the temporary closure gives motorists a chance to try alternate routes ahead of the planned long-term closure.

This fall, both lanes of Business I-40 will be closed in both directions for 20 months along a one-mile stretch downtown. When completed, a new and improved freeway will move traffic through downtown more quickly.

Information from: Winston-Salem Journal,

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