Firetower Road detour route for U.S. 70 interchange project
To better accommodate detour traffic during the upcoming closure of U.S. 70 Business/Peedin Road Extension at U.S. 70 between Selma and Princeton, the N.C. Department of Transportation
will modify the existing traffic pattern at the intersection of Firetower Road and U.S. 70 next week.
On Monday, July 27, NCDOT will close U.S. 70 Bus./Peedin Road Ext. at U.S. 70 to allow crews with Flatiron Constructors Inc. of Broomfield Co. to begin construction of an interchange at this location
. Also starting that morning, traffic on U.S. 70 Bus./Peedin Road Ext. wanting to cross U.S. 70 will use Firetower Road as a detour route.
In order to safely accommodate the increase in traffic on Firetower Road at U.S. 70, NCDOT will turn the median crossover on U.S. 70 at this location into a left-over. This means that starting Monday, traffic on Firetower Road will not be able to cross U.S. 70, but traffic on U.S. 70 West will be able to turn left on Firetower Road. Traffic using Firetower Road as a detour route will turn right on U.S. 70 and then proceed to the next break to make a U-turn and turn right to continue on Firetower Road. This traffic pattern change will prevent crossover crashes at this heavily-traveled location.
In addition to traffic using Firetower Road as a detour route, Gor-An Farm Road will also be accessible during the project. U.S. 70 will remain open to traffic during the project, with overnight closures in place in 2016 as crews place steel beams for the bridge.
The overall $16.7 million interchange project
also includes the construction of an interchange at the intersection of Stevens Chapel Road/Davis Mill Road and U.S. 70, as well as removal of the existing crossovers on U.S. 70 at Firetower Road, Peedin Road/Creech's Mill Road and Pine Street.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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