Charlotte - Motorists traveling tonight on I-85 North in Gaston County should expect delays as crews continue working toward completion of the new interstate weigh station.
At 10 p.m., crews will close the two outside, northbound lanes for sign installation between mile markers 10 and 13. The lane closure will allow crews to install overhead signs for the $20 million facility.
Transportation 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.
Also during this time, the exit ramp off I-85 onto Exit 13 (Edgewood Road), will also be closed. There will be message boards and detour route signs to take motorists to Exit 14 (Bessemer City Road), and then back southbound on I-85 to Exit 13.
Because of the placement of one sign, crews will need to slow down traffic briefly while the dual lane closure is in place. This will allow them to safely replace the sign that is partially over the inside lane near the barrier wall. Crews will slow down traffic for a few minutes to get the sign removed, release traffic and allow it to clear, and then slow it down once again to install the new sign.
The lane closures will be removed before 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 14.
This work is dependent on good weather conditions and will be rescheduled 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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