MEDIA ADVISORY: Secretary Conti, FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez in Statesville Oct. 11 Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WHAT:                      Media availability with Federal Highway Administration Administrator Victor Mendez, N.C. Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti, personnel from NCDOT and Zachry Construction Corp. of San Antonio, Texas regarding the Interstate 40/77 interchange improvement project in Statesville   

WHEN:                      Thursday, Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m.                    

WHERE:                   Construction staging area on Free Nancy Road behind the Waffle House on U.S. 21 in Statesville off Exit 151 of I-40.

COMMENTS:           FHWA Administrator Mendez and N.C. Secretary of Transportation Conti will tour the $89.1 million I-40/77 interchange improvement project in Statesville, and then be available to answer questions.

The interchange was built in the late 1960s to handle a projected 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 in the next 20 years.

The project is underway and is scheduled to be completed by March 14, 2017. There are several phases of the project on and around the interchange area, including construction of a new multi-level interchange, widening I-40 to six lanes, widening I-77 north and south of I-40 to accommodate the new ramps, and reconstructing U.S. 21 with a diverging diamond interchange at I-40.

For more information, visit the project website.



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