NCDOT will begin strengthening outside shoulders on Independence Boulevard Wednesday night Monday, April 15, 2013

CHARLOTTE- The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin work on the widening of Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) in Charlotte at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, weather permitting. This work is part of the $51.2 million improvements to two miles of Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) from Albemarle Road to Wallace Lane in Charlotte.

Contractor Devere Construction will start work on the outside shoulders of the eastbound lanes between Sharon Amity Road and Conference Drive, which will need to be strengthened to carry heavier volumes of traffic during the initial phase of the project. Lane closures will be necessary to complete this work safely, and will be scheduled at night to minimize impact to traffic. Motorists can expect these closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Sunday. The contractor will perform the same work on the westbound lanes in about a week.

The project will convert this section of Independence Boulevard to an expressway, removing existing traffic signals at Sharon Amity Road and Idlewild Road. The existing six-lane roadway will be widened to include four general purpose lanes and one bus lane in each direction. Bridges, or grade separations, will be built at interchanges with Sharon Amity Road, Idlewild Road, and Conference Drive.

The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2016.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

For real-time travel information 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, please contact the senior resident engineer at (704) 845-1151. More details on the project are on the” U.S. 74 Widening and Improvements” project page (U-209B).

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