I-40 lanes in Kernersville to close for ‘diverging diamond’ construction

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Motorists on I-40 in Forsyth County may encounter lane closures this week as construction of the area’s first diverging diamond interchange gets underway in Kernersville, according to a release from the NCDOT.

At 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, crews will close the left lane of I-40 West at Union Cross Road, weather permitting.

The right lane will be closed a bit later, and both lanes will remain closed until 5 a.m. on Thursday, July 11 as crews begin setting the interchange’s concrete bridge girders.

The bridge girder installation will continue on Thursday night, and motorists can expect lane closures on I-40 West and I-40 East. At 9 p.m., crews will close the left lanes of I-40 East and I-40 West. The right lanes will close a bit later, and all lanes of I-40 at Union Cross Road will remain closed until 5 a.m. on Friday, July 12, weather permitting.

During the lane closures, motorists will be detoured up the exit ramp to Union Cross Road and down the entrance ramp to return to I-40. A map of the interchange can be seen here.

Motorists traveling through the area should be aware of trucks entering and exiting the work zone. NCDOT encourages motorists to pay attention, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.

The work is part of the $30.3 million project to widen 4.2 miles of Union Cross Road from Sedge Garden Road north of I-40 to Wallburg Road just south of U.S. 311, and install a diverging diamond interchange at I-40. Construction started in April 2012, with final completion set for Nov. 15, 2015.

Source: DOT