I-40/I-77 interchange complete … almost
Published 8:13 am Friday, December 22, 2023
Motorists traveling I-40 west out of Davie County have been dreading the intersection at I-77 for what seems like decades.
Actually, it’s been closer to five years, but the end is in sight.
The N.C. Department of Transportation announced Friday that a significant milestone on the project. All travel lanes in the project limits are open and in their final pattern, about 10 days ahead of schedule.
That’s right, ahead of schedule.
The $260 million contract was awarded five years ago this month to Connecticut contractor Lane Construction, Corp. The project includes widening approximately 7.4 miles of both interstates from four lanes to eight lanes, and constructing a partial turbine interchange, initially planned to be flyover ramps. Bridges over I-77 at East Broad Street and Davie Avenue have also been replaced.
“This critical phase of the project will improve traffic flow through the interchange and this region,” says Division 12 Engineer Mark Stafford. “The original interchange was built back in the 1960s, so we need these improvements to serve drivers for years to come.”
Though the traffic pattern is in its final configuration, work will be ongoing through spring 2024. Contract crews will complete punch list items and other work restricted by seasonal limitations like installing the final riding surface, final pavement markings and markers, and rumble strips.