RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will have closures in place on weekday nights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 31 until at least Friday, Nov. 11 on both directions of Interstate 26 at Exit 53 (Upward Road) in Henderson County for the construction of a new bridge over the interstate on Upward Road.
During the closure, traffic will be detoured up the off-ramp at Exit 53 (Upward Road) and back down the on-ramp to I-26. Advance warning signs and traffic control devices, as well as police, will be in place to aid with the movement of traffic.
As part of the project, traffic on Upward Road will shift to the temporary detour bridge over I-26 the night of Friday, Oct. 28, weather permitting. That night, lane closures will be in place on Upward Road and police will assist with traffic flow to enable contractors paint the detour bridge, move and install signs and reroute traffic. In the case of inclement weather, the shift will take place the night of Saturday, Oct. 29.
The construction of the new six-lane bridge over I-26 is part of a $24 million project to widen Upward Road near Hendersonville to a four-lane divided highway between U.S. 176 and Howard Gap Road. The project contractor is Blythe Development Co. of Charlotte.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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