-- As construction continues onthe Interstate 40/77 interchange improvement project in Statesville, theN.C. Department of Transportation
will temporarily close the I-40 Eastboundon-ramp from U.S.21 to I-40 EastboundbeginningMonday, Oct. 27,at 9 a.m. The closure will remain in place until Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6 a.m.
During the on-ramp closure, crewswill be working on asphalt, adding aguardrail and concrete barrier wall, as well asplacing new traffic markings.
A signed detour route will be in place directing eastbound I-40 traffic to take I-40 Westboundto N.C.115 (Exit 150), and then backtoI-40 Eastbound.
When the ramp reopens on Thursday morning, allI-40 Eastbound traffic heading to I-77 Southbound must exit at the US-21/new I-77 South Exit (Exit 151).The existing I-77 Southbound ramp will be closed off by a concrete barrier wall. Message boards will be placed on I-40 Eastbound at the same locations as the U.S.21 Exit signs.
If motoristsmissthe new southbound exit, they can take the exit for I-77 Northbound, continue around the loopramp to I-40 Westbound and continue around the Loop to theI-77 Southbound ramp.
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