Charlotte - On Sunday, Sept. 11, at 9 p.m., a contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will begin work to add a second lane on the ramp from Catawba Avenue to northbound Interstate 77 in Cornelius. When complete, the new lane will provide additional room for motorists accessing northbound I-77 from westbound Catawba Avenue. Furthermore, motorists in the center lane of eastbound Catawba Avenue will be able to access the ramp to northbound I-77 in addition to continuing on Catawba Avenue.
The work will consist of four phases, weather permitting.
From Sunday, Sept. 11, through Thursday, Sept. 15, the left eastbound lane coming across the Catawba Avenue bridge is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. each night and to reopen at 6 a.m. the following morning. Because the ramp will remain open, one way for eastbound motorists to reach northbound I-77 will be to use South Hill Street, Vivian Lane and South Ferry Street to access westbound Catawba Avenue and then exit onto the ramp.
On Monday, Sept. 19, and Tuesday, Sept. 20, there will be no closures, but crews will be working on the ramp during the day.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, at 9 p.m., the ramp from Catawba Avenue to northbound I-77 is scheduled to be closed through Sunday, Sept. 25. Signs will direct motorists to take southbound I-77 and use the exit at Sam Furr Road to access northbound I-77.
On Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m., the contractor will add pavement markings, which may require lane closures through the night.
The department reminds motorists to stay alert, slow down and use extra caution when traveling through a work zone.
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