SHELBY-- TheN.C. Department of Transportationwill perform overnight maintenance Wednesday on Interstate 85 in Gaston County to address an issue causing underground water to seep onto the road.
Crews will close the right and center lanes of I-85 Southbound at mile marker 25 from 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11,to 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12. The I-85 on-ramp at Exit 26 will also be closed. Motoristswill be able to get off the interstate at Exit 26, but they'll be unable to get on the interstate at that exit.
The work will require crews to drill 20-25 holes roughly 25 feet deep along the portion of the road where water is seeping through. Those holes will be filled with sand, with the top 12 inches of the holes filled with cold-patch asphalt. The sand will help absorb the excess water.
If that maintenance plandoesn't successfully alleviate the problem, crews will install a drain to fix the water seeping issue.
Weather permitting, the work should be completed in one night.
Motorists are asked to slow down, use caution and look out for any crews working along the road.
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