CHARLOTTE -Weather permitting, The N.C. Department of Transportation tonight will temporarily close lanes on Independence Boulevard in both directions near Idlewild Road from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, August 16. The closure is part of the $51 million widening project to convert Independence Boulevard to an expressway between Sharon Amity Road and Wallace Lane.
Crews will close two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane to work on a future detour for Idlewild Road that motorists will use when NCDOT opens a new bridge taking Conference Drive over Independence Boulevard.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
For more information on this project, please contact the assistant resident engineer at (704) 845-1151. Project details are also online at the "U.S. 74 Widening and Improvements" project page.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on 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.