A big rut is getting repaired.
A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the on-ramp to eastbound Interstate 40 from N.C. 209 in Haywood County in order to make repairs.
Crews will improve drainage in the area, add new curb and gutter to prevent ruts and holes from forming on the inside of the on ramp loop.
The improvements will widen the entrance to the ramp to better accommodate an increase in the number of commercial vehicles using the ramp.
“This should be a big benefit for everybody, especially the trucks,” Division 14 construction engineer Ted Adams said. “It’s beneficial to be doing this work at the same time we’re improving the I-40 bridges in the area.”
Construction is expected to continue until July 21. A marked detour instructs drivers to take N.C. 209 South, then U.S. 74 East before merging with I-40 at mile marker 27.