CHARLOTTE --Beginning Wednesday, May 27, at 8 p.m., the N.C. Department of Transportation will shift traffic on Interstate 40 Westto a temporary detour. Lane and ramp closures will be in place during the traffic shift, which is part of continued work on the I-40/77 Interchange Improvement Project in Statesville.
The I-40 Westtraffic shift and detour are necessary so crews can remove the old I-40 bridges over U.S. 21, continue completing the new I-40 bridges and complete a temporary access to U.S. 21. Crews will finish shifting traffic into the temporary pattern by 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 28. Traffic will remain in this detour for 60-90 days, weather permitting.
Work on the traffic shift will begin with a left lane closure on I-40 Westto open up areas in the concrete barrier wall so that crews can tie-in the new traffic pattern to the existing route. All westbound traffic will be shifted to the left, across the old median and onto the new concrete pavement. Then, just before N.C. 115, traffic will be shifted back to the right and onto the original westbound lanes.
While traffic is shifted onto the detour, crews will also close the ramp from I-77 Southto I-40 West.
Traffic traveling I-77 South to I-40 West will use the following detour route:Take I-40 Eastto Exit 154 at U.S. 64, and at the end of the ramp, turn left, go to the light and turn left to return to I-40 West. This ramp closure and detour will be in place for 60-90 days, weather permitting.
During the overnight work to shift traffic onto the detour, the U.S. 21 Ramp to I-40 Westwill be closed. This closure will allow crews to remove and replace pavement markings and place a concrete barrier wall for the new traffic pattern from U.S. 21 to I-40 West. Also during this time, the left lane of I-40 Eastwill be closed from N.C. 115 to U.S. 21 to allow crews to place a concrete barrier wall.
Traffic traveling on US-21 to I-40 Westwill use the following detour route:Traffic will take I-40 East, to I-77 North, keep right and continue on the loop ramp to I-40 West.This ramp and lane closure will only be in place while crews implement the traffic shift and should be removed by 6 a.m. on Thursday.
Traffic is encouraged to slow down and use caution while the traffic shift is implemented and while the detour is in place. Signs and message boards will alert motorists to the new traffic pattern.