RALEIGH –Due to the forecasted low temperatures overnight, crews have canceled tonight’s closure of U.S. 301 at Exit 22 on Interstate 95 in Lumberton. Surface temperatures will be too low tonight to do necessary asphalt work for the final paving stages of this project.
N.C. Department of Transportation crews will instead close the route Tuesday, Oct. 20, through Thursday, Oct. 22. The closures will be each night from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning to allow crews to finish the final paving operation for the diverging diamond interchange at that location.
Message boards will be placed in the area to alert motorists of the closure. Drivers will follow a signed detour using nearby service roads, Jackson Court and Dawn Drive to N.C. 211 and back to U.S. 301. Drivers are advised to use caution while traveling in the area, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
The diverging diamond interchange project began in September 2012 and the interchange’s new traffic pattern started on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The entire project is anticipated for completion in early 2016. It will allow two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of the road, while moving high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals. This movement provides easier access to an interstate. Traffic entering or exiting an interstate does not have to cross opposing traffic to make a left turn. The project will increase safety for drivers and reduce congestion in the area.
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