Henderson - The contractor for the Interstate 85 improvement project in Vance and Warren counties is planning to close the southbound on and off ramps at U.S. 1/401/Wise Road (Exit 233) on Tuesday, Aug. 15. The closure, expected to last until mid-October, is needed for ramp reconstruction work. It was initially supposed to start a few days ago, but was held up by rainy weather.
Signed detours will be in place. Southbound I-85 drivers will be directed to Ridgeway-Drewry Road (Exit 226), where they can turn around to get on I-85 North, and then use the exit for U.S. 1/401/Wise Road. Motorists who want to get on I-85 South from Wise Road will be sent to Rooker Road, then Oine Road. They will then head to U.S. 1/158 and turn right onto Ridgeway-Drewry Road to get back on I-85 South. This detour will change in early September when the southbound ramps at Oine Road are scheduled to reopen, allowing drivers to get on and off I-85 from that exit instead.
One other closure scheduled to start Tuesday will involve the bridge over I-85 on Spring Valley Road so it can undergo three weeks of rehabilitation work. A signed detour will have vehicles using N.C 39, Beckford Drive and U.S. 1/158 to get around the closure.
The work at both locations is part of a $137.3-million project to improve I-85 between Dabney Road in Vance County and the Virginia state line. The work involves repairing the deteriorating road surface, as well as bridge replacements and improvements.
The project has travelers in a single-lane pattern in both directions for a lengthy stretch, making it very important for drivers to slow down and leave extra space between their vehicle and the one in front of them.
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