ASHEVILLE — A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation is returning to Interstate 77 in Surry County to smooth out the surface and pave parallel bridges north of Elkin.
Starting on Wednesday through the expected completion date of May 25, Diamond Surface will close one lane at all hours on Mondays through Thursdays. Work on Fridays through Sundays will take place at night.
Alternating lane changes will occur between mile markers 83 and 87 in order for the resurfacing to occur on the two bridges crossing the Mitchell River. Crews will be diamond-grinding — a process used to smooth the pavement surface and extend its life — on the entire stretch. Delays could be extensive during times with heavy traffic.
The contractor completed the first part of the $1.55 million contract last fall by paving bridges on I-77 over Ebenezer Church Road.
Drivers are urged to prepare for delays, obey all posted signs and speed limits, and use caution when traveling in work zones.
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