ASHEVILLE -The North Carolina Department of Transportation is set to shut down N.C. 89 near Lowgap for two weeks, starting Monday June 15. The closure was postponed last month to allow students and teachers to continue using their regular routes to school.
NCDOT has set up a nearly 40-mile marked detour. From Lowgap, drivers can take N.C. 89 eastbound to I-77 North into Virginia, use U.S. 221 South/U.S. 58 West to Galax, then VA 89 South back into North Carolina. Traffic west of Lowgap would reverse directions.
"With schools dismissing for the summer, we're eager to finish this project and make the road safer," said Brandon Whitaker, NCDOT district engineer.
When finished, drivers will no longer have to navigate a tight curve on the mountainous road, in an area with a high accident rate. "This is the final phase of the project, as we connect the existing stretch of highway with the new portion of N.C. 89," Whitaker said.
The road is scheduled to reopen June 29.A new segment of N.C. 89 just east of the VA border will replace a sharp curve.
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