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Overnight Closures Ahead for Orange County I-40 Project

HILLSBOROUGH — Overnight closures on Interstate 40 with an on-site detour will allow a contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation to begin bridge removal operations.

Crews will close both lanes of Interstate 40 west over Old N.C. 86 to start bridge removal operations in order to place a new bridge. 

The interstate will close near mile marker 261 each night from 12 a.m. until 5 a.m. beginning on March 12, and the demolition work is scheduled to finish on March 16. 

Old N.C. 86 will be closed with signed detour route from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. during bridge removal operations.

A detour​ will guide I-40 west traffic down off the ramp at exit 261, across Old N.C. 86 and to the I-40 west onramp. 

Drivers should remain cautious and alert when approaching the work zone and factor the detour into their trips.

For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on social media.​​


3/10/2023 4:12 PM