Crews will be working overnight next week at the site of the new weigh station in Gaston County, prompting the closure of one lane of I-85 North at the construction site between Exits 10 and 13 near Bessemer City.
Work will take place nightly from Tuesday, July 5, through Thursday, July 7, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Roads, bridges, 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.
The single lane closure will allow crews to install loops and detectors beneath the pavement, which is part of the new weigh-in-motion technology at the $20 million facility. This work is dependent on good weather and will be rescheduled for the next dry night in the event of rain.
The new weigh station is expected to be operational in November. The project includes construction of a truck scale building and booth, as well as grading, drainage and paving around the new facility. Sloan Construction, a division of Reeves Construction Company, was awarded the contract.
Once completed, the new northbound weigh station will have space for five offices, three unisex restrooms and a lobby with vending area for truck drivers. The facility will also have longer acceleration and deceleration lanes that will help trucks merge more safety on and off the interstate.
The existing weigh station on I-85 northbound about 10 miles southwest of Charlotte will close after the new facility opens.
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