RALEIGH TheN.C. Department of Transportation is continuing a project to create a newdiverging diamond interchange on U.S. 301over Interstate 95 at Exit 22 in Lumberton. This work includes intermittent night closings until the end of the project, with the final leg being paved all at night.
The existing bridge did not have enough vertical clearance for tall vehicles and was subject to strikes by over-height vehicles traveling on I-95. This project will work to fix that issue, increase safety for drivers and reduce congestion at the interchange. The work began in October 2014 and is anticipated for completion in early 2016.
Crews have milled out old rumble strips where they crossed the new alignment, disrupting traffic briefly, but motorists now have full use of the new alignment on the ramps. Drivers can avoid construction by accessing the service roads: Jackson Court to Kahn Drive to N.C. 211, to Dawn Drive, back to U.S. 301.
There are no signed detours during the day, but motorists will notice traffic shifts as needed and can expect travel delays. There may be some nighttime ramp closures with ramps opening by the next morning.
A diverging diamond interchange allows 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.
DeVere Construction Company of Michigan is the contractor for $12.6 million project. The contract was awarded to the lowest bidder as required by state law.
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