Alternative routes set as Franklin Road bridge closes

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A heads up for Roanoke drivers. Starting January 3, you won't be able to use the Franklin Road bridge.

This will impact a lot of driver's commutes in and out of Roanoke, including emergency crews trying to get to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The Franklin Road Bridge in Roanoke officially closed at 8 a.m. Erin Brookshier WSLS has a look at the detour that will be in place for the next two years

Posted by WSLS 10 / WSLS.com on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fire crews say they have plans in place to use other options such as Jefferson or McClanahan Street.

Crews will demolish the bridge, which means drivers will have to take another route.

The city says the project will cost around $13.5 million and will take two years to complete.