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Expect Nighttime Lane Closures on I-40 in Kernersville This Week as Work Continues on New Diverging Diamond Interchange

RALEIGH - Motorists on I-40 in Kernersville may encounter nighttime lane closures this week, weather permitting, as crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation continue constructing the area's first diverging diamond interchange.I-40 WestBeginning at 9 p.m. tonight, crews will close the left lane of I-40 West at the Union Cross Road interchange to begin removing the overhang jacks from the new bridge over I-40. The left lane closure will remain in place until midnight, at which time crews will close all travel lanes of I-40 West and motorists will be re-directed up the exit ramp and back down the entrance ramp to bypass the work area. All westbound lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8. The westbound closures will be repeated on Tuesday night, with all westbound lanes reopening by 5 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9.In addition, crews will close the left lane of I-40 West from 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, until 6 a.m. on Friday, April 10.I-40 EastAt 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, crews will close the left lane of I-40 East at the Union Cross Road interchange to continue removing the overhang jacks from the new bridge. The left lane closure will remain in place until midnight, at which time crews will close all travel lanes of I-40 East and motorists will be re-directed up the exit ramp and back down the entrance ramp to bypass the work area. All eastbound lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. on Thursday, April 10. The westbound closures will be repeated on Thursday night, with all westbound lanes reopening by 5 a.m. on Friday, April 10.NCDOT encourages motorists to pay attention, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely. The innovative diverging diamond interchange is being constructed as part of NCDOT's Union Cross Road Widening Project. The $30.3 million project will widen 4.2 miles of Union Cross Road from Sedge Garden Road north of I-40 to Wallburg Road just south of U.S. 311, and install the diverging diamond interchange at I-40. Construction started in April 2012, with final completion set for Nov. 15, 2015.The diverging diamond interchange is unique, because it allows traffic moving in two directions to temporarily cross to the left side of the road. It will provide drivers with easier access to I-40, and help eliminate the congestion and crashes that occur when vehicles back up on the ramps. Watch this video to see how efficiently traffic flows through this type of interchange. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. 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.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM