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Bridge repair closes 2 southbound lanes of I-77

Two southbound lanes of Interstate 77 over the Catawba River will be closed for several days starting at 4 p.m. today - just in time for the afternoon commute for people who live in York County and work in Charlotte.

Drivers should expect congestion and slow traffic. Consider taking an alternate route.

The state Department of Transportation found a hole in a bridge deck over the Catawba River during a routine inspection Wednesday. Repairs are expected to be completed by Monday morning.

Two of the four southbound lanes will be closed from Exit 83 (Sutton Road) to Exit 82 (Cherry Road/Celanese Road). The two right side lanes will be closed; the two left lanes will remain open.

The hole, located at mile marker 82.5, is less than 1 foot in diameter and is the result of aging infrastructure, DOT said, not recent rains.

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