Cabarrus closures: N.C. 49, U.S. 29

Road closures are scheduled this week and beyond on portions of N.C. 49 and U.S. 29 in Cabarrus County, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

N.C. 49 is scheduled to close from 9 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday near the Pharr Mill Road bridge. Crews will be setting steel girders on the bridge as part of the work on the Pharr Mill Road grade separation project.

That project is making rail and highway upgrades to improve rail traffic between Charlotte and Raleigh.

During the overnight closure, law enforcement officials will detour traffic from N.C. 49 to Shamrock Road and to Pharr Mill Road, then back to N.C. 49.

Meanwhile, crews are starting work this week on a $1.7 million safety project on U.S. 29 between Pavilion Boulevard and Bruton Smith Boulevard.

U.S. 29 currently has a six-lane configuration in which some of the lanes are reversible. The reversible lanes are used during major events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But the DOT is changing the configuration to five lanes – three northbound and two southbound – divided by a median.

In addition, turn lanes will be added at Pavilion Village, Wednesbury Boulevard, Caprington Avenue, Wrayhill Drive, Floyd Smith Drive and Morehead Road. The current reversible lane signs will be removed when the project is done.

Most lane closures in this project will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, but there will be occasional weekend lane closures. The project is scheduled for completion by Dec. 15.