- Construction on the Interstate 40 bridge over U.S. 21 in Statesville continues, necessitating a temporary closure of U.S. 21. The work is part of the I-40/77 interchange improvement project.
Beginning Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m., U.S. 21 will be closed at the I-40 bridge while crews continue bridge work. The road is expected to reopen no later than 6 a.m. on Friday, April 15.
During this time, the following detours will be in place:
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.
For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT onTwitter.
Road, bridge, and other transportation improvement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
New transportation projects in the state's current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory's leadership.