MOUNT AIRY – A section of westbound Interstate 74 in Surry County will close this evening in order for N.C. Department of Transportation crews to repair a broken pipe under I-74 between exit 11 and exit 8.
Crews will dig into the interstate, remove the broken concrete pipe, install a new pipe, fill the cavity and resurface the area. NCDOT engineers estimate the operation to take two or three days depending on weather.
Westbound I-74 traffic heading to I-77 from U.S. 52 North is encouraged to stay on U.S. 52 North, exit off onto N.C. 89 and head west to I-74/77. All remaining westbound I-74 traffic will take exit 11 onto U.S. 601 North, then turn left onto U.S. 52 North, exit off onto N.C. 89, and follow N.C. 89 West back to I-74/I-77.
Transportation officials advise drivers to plan the detour into their commute and to follow all posted signs.