8/27/2019 10:53:00 PM Repaving Projects Coming in Our Area
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Repaving of the Alexis-High Shoals Road in northern Gaston County will get underway the first week of September. The project is expected to be completed in a little over a week.
It will take much longer to resurface NC27-150 through Lincolnton. That project will begin in mid-September and it's expected to take until November for all the repaving to be done. In fact, the marking of the highway after repaving, etc. will likely not be completed until next Spring.
The Main Street repaving will actually start on Riverside Drive (the extension of West Main St.) at the South Fork River bridge. Crews will work eastward from there.
Repaving in the central business district will be done at night in an effort not to seriously affect businesses, but you may find your favorite restaurants on the Courtsquare and East Main will be affected as the work is done on their section of the highway.
When the repaving through the main part of town is completed to Generals Blvd., the company that's doing the project will use a lane closure process to repave from Generals Blvd. to the NC150 and NC27 intersection in Boger City.
In Gaston County, drivers will encounter a new traffic pattern on a section of Bulb Avenue, as a portion of Rankin Lake Road has been permanently closed.
The new alignment makes Bulb Avenue the new link between Dr. MLK Way and US 321.
The changes are part of the work on a $22.8 million project to improve traffic flow at the Interstate 85/US 321 interchange.
When completed in June of next year, the construction will create a new exit ramp from I-85 south to US 321 north, and move traffic away from I-85 to a signalized intersection, allowing more turn movements that are not part of the current alignment.
More than 100,000 vehicles use I-85 every day, with 20 percent consisting of trucks. The project will keeping the existing I-85 bridge over US 321, and a new entrance ramp to I-85 north from US 321 north will use an abandoned railroad corridor under the bridge.
The old Rankin Lake Road bridge that provided a connection to Dr. MLK Way is being removed as the connection from US 321 to Dr. MLK Way (and vice versa) will now be Bulb Ave.
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