Drivers needing to take Independence Boulevard between Eastway Drive and Briar Creek will want to use an alternate route this weekend as crews plan to do resurfacing and other work on the highway.
The work will close two lanes of Independence in both directions at times during the weekend. The closures will begin Friday evening, but transportation officials say they hope to have all lanes back open by the end of Sundays Carolina Panthers home game.
Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, crews plan to close two of the three westbound lanes of Independence between Eastway Drive and Briar Creek Road. The lanes will remain close until Saturday evening, according to a news release.
Meanwhile, two eastbound lanes will close between Eastway and Briar Creek from 7 p.m. Saturday until 3 p.m. Sunday.
The N.C. Department of Transportation said some paving work will continue in the area on Sunday, but crews plan to open all lanes of traffic before the end of Panthers game. It is possible, however, that some work will resume in the eastbound lanes at 7 p.m., officials said.
Want to avoid the traffic? Here are some alternate routes offered by the DOT:
• For drivers heading toward uptown: From Independence, take the Wendover Road/Eastway Drive exit and head south. Make a right onto Randolph Road and then a left onto the I-277 ramps.
• For drivers heading eastbound: Take US74/I277 east to the Kenilworth Rd exit and go straight onto Charlottetown Boulevard. From there, make a right onto Fourth Street and continue onto Randolph Road. Make a left onto Wendover Road then follow signs to U.S. 74 east.
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