Detours will be posted for motorists
CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is continuing a $5 million project to preserve 15 bridges on I-77 and I-277 in Charlotte from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. tonight and Thursday, July 11, weather permitting.
Crews will temporarily close lanes and ramps in the following locations:
Two of three lanes on the I-277 Outer Loop (John Belk Freeway) at I-77;
The loop ramp from I-77 North to U.S. 74 West/Wilkinson Boulevard (Exit 9) ;
The loop ramp from I-277 Inner Loop to I-77 South (Exit 1B); and
The right lane on I-77 South approaching Remount Road (Exit 8).
Crews with HRI Bridge Co. will be working on the bridge decks, requiring the ramp closures and offsite detours.
This contract was included in NCDOT's $430 million bridge plan for 2011-2012, which called for preservation, repair or replacement of 450 bridges statewide. This type of project extends the life of a bridge at a cost significantly lower than continually repairing or even replacing the bridge.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Know before you go by calling 511, the department's free travel information line, or get real-time travel information online. NCDOT also offers travel information for motorists and ferry passengers on Twitter. For more information on how to get travel information, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel.
For more information, please call the bridge maintenance engineer at (704) 983-4400.