SHELBYMotorists on both directions of U.S. 221 in Rutherford County between Harris-Henrietta Road and just north of U.S. 74 will notice a change in traffic pattern starting Saturday, Aug. 23, weather permitting, as work continues on converting the six-mile stretch of highway into a new four-lane divided highway.
To provide for a safer movement, left turns from side streets will now be made in a two-step process by first turning right and then left at the nearest turn-around. This type of intersection has been proven safer than the typical cross-over intersection.
The work will involve constructing concrete islands that will modify left turns from U.S. 221.Whilethis work is under way, drivers on U.S. 221 will be unable to make left turns at the following intersections between Harris-Henrietta Road and just north of U.S. 74: New Bethel Church Road, Sulpher Springs Church Road, Hopper Road, Bridges Farm Road (East Side), North Woodleaf Road,Newton Cole Road,Walker Lake Roadand Oakland Road.
During this time period, the inside lanes of northbound and southbound U.S. 221 will be closed, and traffic will be shifted to one lane in each direction.
This is part of a $66.1 million project to widen U.S. 221 from the South Carolina state line to north of the U.S. 74 Bypass in Rutherford County. Project contractor is DeVere Construction Co. of Alpena, Mich. All lanes are openalong the first five-mile section of U.S. 221 from the South Carolina state line, with the remainder of the project scheduled for completion by Oct.1.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOTtraffic websiteor follow NCDOT onTwitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.