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I-40 in Statesville narrowing to two lanes

STATESVILLE As part of the Interstate 40/77 interchange improvement project, I-40 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between exits 150 and 151 starting Tuesday night so crews can replace the Radio Road bridge over the interstate.

Traffic will be shifted into the median crossovers nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Girders for the new bridge will be put in place as part of the $89.1 million interchange project.

Weather permitting, this part of the project is scheduled to be completed by July 23, Jerry Higgins of the N.C. Department of Transportation in Raleigh said.

Speed limits through the work zone will be reduced to 35 miles an hour. Rolling road blocks may be conducted periodically to slow traffic to allow construction equipment to enter the interstate, Higgins said.

Radio Road traffic continues to be detoured to N.C. 115 to access I-40 at Exit 150.

Radio Road traffic north of I-40 will take Museum Road to N.C. 115, while Radio Road traffic south of I-40 will take Hartness Road to N.C. 115.

The intersection of Radio, Gaither and Museum roads north of I-40 will become a three-way stop during the bridge replacement.

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