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NC 150 bridge work could cause Lake Norman traffic delays

Boaters approach the Pinnacle access area Saturday morning on the Iredell County side of the N.C. 150 bridge on Lake Norman. The bridge and Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station in Terrell are in the distance.
Boaters approach the Pinnacle access area Saturday morning on the Iredell County side of the N.C. 150 bridge on Lake Norman. The bridge and Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station in Terrell are in the distance. jmarusak@charlotteobserver.com

A notoriously backed up stretch of N.C. 150 at Lake Norman could get even worse over the next four weekends.

The state Department of Transportation has announced lane closures as it continues maintenance on the two-lane bridge that was built in 1961 and connects Iredell and Catawba counties.

A message board on the Iredell side alerts motorists to “closures” Saturday and next Sunday. But state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jordan-Ashley Walker said Friday “the road won’t be closed. There will be lane closures in place, but you’ll still be able to get through.”

Nightly lane closures are scheduled seven days a week, according to the message board.

As the lake area’s population increased, traffic mounted. N.C. 150 has grown infamous for backups several miles long each morning and afternoon heading to and from Interstate 77, Exit 36, in Mooresville, so any one-way traffic over the bridge could make travel time even longer.

The contractor, American Bridge, has scheduled four weekend closures, the first of which will start at 7 p.m. Friday and end at 6 a.m. Monday, June 15, state highway officials said.

That same timeframe will continue for the next three weekends, depending on weather, officials said.

The contractor will be milling and prepping the deck for a concrete overlay with the purpose of protecting the underlying structural concrete from deterioration caused by vehicle chemicals, water and de-icing salts.

On the Iredell side of the bridge is the Pinnacle boat access area. On the Catawba County side is Midway Boathouse Grill and Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station.

The state plans to expand N.C. 150 from I-77 to four-lane N.C. 16 Bypass in Catawba County.

Right-of-way acquisition on the 13.5-mile stretch scheduled for expansion is expected to begin in 2017, and construction is due to start in 2019.

N.C. 150 in the Lake Norman area is four lanes for only about a mile, from the interstate west to a Best Buy-anchored retail center at Morrison Plantation Parkway in Mooresville.

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