Motorists on a seven-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Johnston County will encounter weekly lane closures for the next several months while contract crews do prep work to resurface the highway.
The closures will begin starting Monday (tonight) at midnight, for the inside lane in each direction of the interstate between mile markers 104 and 106, near Kenly. The closures – which will be in effect 24 hours a day – will end Friday morning, Nov. 17.
During the closure, crews for Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh will strengthen the inside shoulder next to the median, in preparation for eventually shifting a lane of traffic onto the shoulder for concrete repair work. The company received a $53.1 million contract in August from the N.C. Department of Transportation to repave the interstate between mile markers 100 and 107 in Johnston County.
The project – which also includes replacing two bridges over I-95 – is more complex than most.
Crews will replace damaged sections of the original concrete at 80 different locations between the 100 and 107 mile markers before they resurface the highway with asphalt.
The project will require closing one lane in each direction within that seven-mile stretch of I-95, usually between Sunday evening and noon Friday every week until the Spring of 2018. None of the lanes closures will take place on holiday weeks or during inclement weather.
Demolition of the two bridges over Interstate 95 – at Lizzie Mill Road and Bizzell Grove Church Road – will get underway in early 2018.