HUNTERSVILLE – N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will close lanes on I-77 South near Gilead Road (exit 23) for two nights, weather permitting.
The closures are part of a $30.8 million project to convert the existing Gilead Road interchange at Interstate 77 to a diverging diamond interchange and make additional improvements to U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) on either side of Gilead Road.
Contract crews will close all lanes on I-77 South, including the express lanes, on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m. the next morning so crews can safely install overhang jacks for a bridge. The work on the northbound side will conclude tonight so crews can shift to the southbound side.
Drivers will be detoured from I-77 North to exit 23, continuing across Gilead Road to the entrance ramp back to I-77 North.
The diverging diamond design allows two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of the road, providing easier access to the interstate. The project also includes a new bridge to handle eastbound traffic over I-77, with the existing bridge serving westbound drivers.
In addition, a section of U.S. 21 will be widened from two to four lanes on either side of Gilead Road to accommodate a reduced conflict intersection design, a type of intersection that redirects side-street traffic from going straight or left at a divided highway intersection.
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