STATESVILLE -- State transportation officials said Friday they plan to close part of eastbound Interstate 40 outside of Statesville so crews can work on a bridge. A previously-announced closure of the westbound lanes has been cancelled for now.
Barring bad weather, one lane of I-40 East between mile markets 146 and 148 was set to close at 8 p.m. Friday until noon Sunday, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.
In addition, crews will close both eastbound lanes at mile marker 146 from 7 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday.
Crews will be replacing the existing I-40 bridge with a latex concrete overlay, according to state transportation officials.
The department had originally announced the work would start on Saturday, and also result in the closure of two westbound lanes in the area. But late Friday afternoon, they said the westbound work wouldn’t happen this weekend because a change in the contractor’s schedule.
Eastbound motorists will be required to leave I-40 at Exit 149 and take Stamey Farm Road for one mile before turning left on U.S. 70 (Hickory Highway). After 2.9 miles, motorists should turn left on U.S. 64 (Garner Bagnal Boulevard) before turning back to I-40.
Additional night and weekend lane closures will be needed over the next month, the DOT says.