Kickoff Meeting for Interstate 40/77 Interchange Improvement Project to be Held Aug. 9 at the Statesville Civic Center Thursday, August 02, 2012

RALEIGH — The public will have an opportunity to learn about the Interstate 40/77 interchange improvement project in Statesville next Thursday, Aug. 9. The N.C. Department of Transportation is hosting an informational meeting at the Statesville Civic Center, located at 300 S. Center St. in Statesville, from 5-7 p.m. Residents are invited to drop in, ask questions and receive information about the project.

This project kickoff meeting will allow the public to speak with NCDOT, the contractor and others about various aspects of the project, including the project schedule, traffic control and communications, as well as view the project map in an informal setting. The $89.1 million project was awarded to Zachry Construction Corp. of San Antonio, Texas. The project start date has yet to be determined, but work must be completed by March 14, 2017.

There will be several phases of the project both on and off the interstate and interchange area. The project includes:
  • Constructing a multi-level interchange of the two interstates;
  • Widening I-40 from four to six lanes from N.C. 115 to Old Mocksville Road.
  • Constructing parallel lanes on I-40 that will allow vehicles to access U.S. 21, as well as access I-40 from U.S. 21, without disrupting the flow of traffic;
  • Reconstructing U.S. 21 from just north of Glenway Drive to BB&T on Sullivan Road south of I-40, with a diverging diamond interchange at I-40;
  • Reconstructing the bridge on Radio Road;
  • Building a new bridge over U.S. 21 and Fourth Creek;
  • Building a new bridge from Sunset Hill Road to Gaither Road; and.
  • Closing the existing interchange at Old U.S. 64.

The Statesville interchange of I-40/77 was built in late 1960s. The current configuration does not meet today’s design guidelines, and the interchange has outlived its service life.

Originally, the traffic projections through the area were about 5,000 vehicles per day. Today, the traffic on both interstates through the area is about 70,000 vehicles per day, and is projected to grow to about 110,000 vehicles per day in 2035.

There will be lane closures during the project, but there are restrictions on when those closures can occur, such as holidays and major events in the region, including races in Charlotte.

There will be regular updates throughout the project. These updates will be provided via the NCDOT project website, traditional media and Twitter.

For real-time travel information on this project at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.

For more information about this project, contact NCDOT Resident Engineer John Cook at (704) 876-3543.

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