Workers will begin making repairs to the Melbourne Road bridge over the Beltline in West Raleigh on Saturday in hopes of getting the bridge reopened in time for rush hour on Wednesday morning.
The work will take place at night and may require the closing of westbound Interstate 440 between Western Boulevard and Jones Franklin Road, according to the state Department of Transportation. Weather permitting, the closures could take place anytime between 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday; between 9 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday; and between 10 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 5 a.m. the following mornings.
All traffic will have to exit at Western Boulevard and will be directed onto Jones Franklin Road during the closure times.
Eastbound I-440 will remain open.
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The 58-year-old Melbourne Road bridge, which connects two residential neighborhoods, has been closed since May 9 when it was hit by a piece of construction equipment being pulled on a trailer. The entrance ramp from Melbourne Road onto eastbound I-440 and the exit ramp from westbound I-440 have remained open.
The $259,500 contract to repair the bridge was awarded to Freyssinet Inc. of Sterling, Va.