Charlotte - Construction on the Interstate 40 bridge over U.S. 21 in Statesville continues, necessitating a temporary closure of U.S. 21 this week while crews set bridge girders. This is part of continued work on the I-40/77 interchange improvement project.
Work will begin on Thursday, March 3, at 8 p.m. and continue through 6 a.m on Friday, March 4. The bridge construction will require a portion of U.S. 21 to be closed at the I-40 bridge. The work will continue each night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., as weather permits, through Friday, March 11, at 6 a.m.
During the first three nights of the girder set, it will be necessary for the project contractor to pace traffic on the three westbound lanes of I-40 around 8:30 p.m. and again around 5:30 a.m. This will allow crews to reposition the crane along the U.S.21 off-ramp of westbound I-40. This should have a minimal impact to the I-40 westbound traffic, but will be necessary each night girders are being set to reposition the crane.
Once all the girders have been set, the crews will use the remaining nights to place bridge diaphragms and traffic protection over U.S. 21.
Traffic on the north side of I-40 traveling to I-40 East will take I-40 West to N.C. 115 (Exit 150), turn left on N.C. 115, and then turn left onto I-40 East; or
Traffic on the south side of I-40 traveling to I-40 West will take I-40 East to I-77 North(Exit 152), keep right, and continue around the loop ramp to I-40 West.
Message boards are already in place alerting motorists to the upcoming work.
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