Work is associated with a newdiverging diamond interchangeat Exit 22 in Lumberton.
RALEIGH TheN.C. Department of Transportationwill shift U.S. 301 into a new traffic pattern at Exit 22 on Interstate 95 beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29. From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, crews will remove the current traffic signal, install a new traffic signal, restripe the road and open the completed southbound lane bridge. The new traffic pattern will open Tuesday morning once work is complete, weather permitting. Message boards are already posted in the area to alert motorists.
The new pattern is known as adiverging diamond interchangethat will increase safety for drivers and reduce congestion.
"The interchange will be radically different from anything people normally encounter," said Mike Parker, NCDOT Division Six Resident Engineer. "The good thing about it is we are going to have pavement markings that guide you and tell you which way to go."
The diverging diamond interchange project began in September 2012 and is anticipated for completion in early 2016. It will allow two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of the road, while moving high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals. This movement provides easier access to an interstate. Traffic entering or exiting an interstate does not have to cross opposing traffic to make a left turn.
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