Asheville - A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation will be closing one lane in each direction of Interstate 77 starting Wednesday in order to pave parallel bridges north of Elkin.
The contractor, Diamond Surface, will be working at all hours on Mondays through Thursdays over the next month, but will limit the lane closures to nights on Fridays through Sundays until the expected completion of work on Nov. 23.
Alternating lane changes will occur at mile marker 86, just north of the interchange with N.C. 268, in order for the resurfacing to occur on the two bridges going over Ebenezer Church Road. Delays could be extensive during times with heavy traffic.
In the spring, crews from Diamond Surface will return to the area and complete the $1.5 million contract by diamond-grinding the pavement between mile markers 83 and 87, as well as resurfacing parallel bridges over the Mitchell River.
Bridge improvement projects like this resurfacing are underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-year Vision for transportation in North Carolina. Its goal is to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
During this resurfacing project, drivers are urged to prepare for delays, obey all posted signs and slow down in work zones to increase safety for all motorists as well as the workers improving the roadway.
For real-time travel information, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov, call 511, or follow NCDOT on Twitter.