I-77 Exit 28 bridge in Cornelius closed this weekend

The Interstate 77 Exit 28 bridge in Cornelius will be partially closed this weekend so crews can install a mast and cabling system as part of the exit’s conversion to a diverging diamond interchange.

Work is expected to last until 6 a.m. Monday.

The bridge will be closed to all vehicles and pedestrians, although right turns onto and off of I-77 will be allowed.

The CATS Village Rider 97 will continue to operate, with all stops available. The buses will take alternate routes during the closure, so times will be altered.

The bridge will be closed so workers from Charlotte-based Blythe Construction can erect steel cables that will rise 42 feet to resemble two sails soaring over I-77. Blythe is the general contractor on the $6.2 million Exit 28 diverging diamond project. The new traffic patterns opened in November.

Cornelius contributed an additional $2 million to the project, in part to pay for architectural features including the sailing design being installed this weekend.

The mast arms are 38 feet tall, but the cables will rise a total of 42 feet given the added height of the pedestrian barriers to which the cables will be attached. The barriers are in the middle of West Catawba Avenue on the bridge.

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