The N.C. Department of Transportation is making improvements to the I-40/77 interchange in Statesville by widening I-40 from four to six lanes in each direction – from Old Mocksville Road to east of N.C. 115 – and building a multi-level interchange of the two interstates.
The intersection is a critical intersection of North Carolina. Built in the late 1960s, the current configuration has outlived its original purpose.
Work will help improve congestion as well as safety. Original projections of the interchange indicated a maximum of 5,000 vehicles per day. Today, the interchange sees more than 70,000 vehicles per day, and traffic is projected to grow to 110,000 vehicles per day by 2035.