SHELBY-- TheN.C. Department of Transportationhas scheduled another blasting operation this weekend along Interstate85 in Gaston County as part of construction for the new I-85 weigh station near Bessemer City.NCDOT successfully completed ablasting operation for the project on Sunday, Aug. 31, and this operation, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, is expected to be very similar.
The blast is part of excavationsfor the $19.7 million weigh station andwill begin atroughly 10 a.m.Peoplestanding outside during the blast will likely hear a low rumble, similar to thunder.The blast itselfshould last only a fewseconds, but crews will begin closing down a portion of I-85 near the construction site about 30 minutes before the blast is set to begin.
For southbound traffic, crews will close the entrance ramp from Exit 13 to I-85 South and pace traffic starting after Exit 14 (N.C.274). For northbound traffic, both exits from N.C.74 onto I-85 north at Exit 10 will be closed to traffic. They will pace traffic starting at Exit 8 (N.C. 161) for I-85 North.
When all traffic on both north- and southbound I-85is clear of the blasting area, then the project contractor will begin the blasting work.After the blasting, the contractor will make sure I-85 is clear of any debris, and then traffic will be released to its normal flow. The amount of time for traffic flow to return to normal after the blast will depend on traffic volume in the area at the time of the blasting.
The new weigh stationincludes construction of the truck scale building and booth, as well as grading, drainage and paving around the new facility. Sloan Construction, a division of Reeves Construction Company, was awarded the contract.
Once completed, the new weigh station will have space for five offices, three unisex restrooms, as well as a lobby with vending area for truck drivers. The existing weigh station on I-85 northbound about 10 miles southwest of Charlotte will close after the new facility opens.
The project is scheduled for completion in November 2016.
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