Opening of Exit 35 on Interstate 77 Signals the End of the Brawley School Road Widening Project in Mooresville Friday, June 28, 2013

RALEIGH —The new Exit 35 on Interstate 77 onto Brawley School Road in Mooresville is scheduled to open today around 10 a.m. after a final inspection of the interchange. This will signal the completion of the widening project from I-77 to Lake Norman that began in 2008.

The inspection included making sure the final striping lines for the bridge, as well as making sure all additional signage and lighting were in place and working.

“Motorists should be aware of traffic changes and new signage along Brawley School Road and I-77,” said NCDOT Statesville Resident Engineer John Cook. “This project will help traffic flow, as well as create more access to businesses in Mooresville and recreational opportunities on Lake Norman.”

The Brawley School Road widening consisted of two sections, as well installing sidewalks on both sides of the road and the creation of a new I-77 exit. The first section (3.8 miles) – from south of Southfork Road to east of Williamson Road -- began in November 2008 and was completed in the summer of 2011. The second section -- from Williamson Road to Talbert Road -- began in December of 2009.

The new interchange and exit lanes were constructed between exits 33 (U.S. 21) and 36 (N.C. 150) in Mooresville. New lights along I-77 in the area were installed in locations that will not have to be moved if the interstate is widened in the area.

The project was necessary because of congestion along the former two-lane Brawley School Road ranges from 7,800 to 31,900 daily. Those counts are expected to increase between 9,200 to 44,700 by 2030.

 

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