The N.C. Department of Transportation is accelerating the timetable of a project to improve 11 bridges on Interstate 40 in Haywood County.
A contactor will be closing the right lane of eastbound traffic at various locations between mile marker 20 and 27 on Monday, March 20, in order to begin the work.
Crews for Harrison Construction Company will be working 24 hours per day in order to extend the lifespan of the bridges and reduce crumbling, cracking and potholes. The teams, based in Knoxville, will also repair girders and bridge columns.
“We’re making this a top priority,” said Ted Adams, construction engineer in Division 14, which encompasses Haywood and nine other counties. “We’ve changed and improved our plans since the project began last fall.”
The eastbound lanes are expected to open on Thursday, May 25, in time for Memorial Day traffic. There may be intermittent closures heading west, but those will be limited.
Transportation officials will evaluate traffic flow over the next month before determining plans for moving westbound traffic to complete the job as quickly as possible.
NCDOT encourages motorists to improve awareness when approaching work zones, obey the posted speed limit and allow extra time to reach destinations safely.