Closure needed for I-26/U.S. 74 interchange
MILLS RIVER – A contractor for the N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the ramp from Interstate 26 West to U.S. 74 East as part of the interchange improvement.
The closure only impacts traffic heading west from South Carolina and desiring to head east on U.S. 74. The work to remove existing guardrail and complete embankment construction should be complete by April 6.
That traffic is being detoured to N.C. 108 through Columbus as it was for the same closure in January. To do so, motorists should take Exit 67, enter the roundabout, and take the first right to N.C. 108/West Mills Street. From there, follow N.C. 108 through Columbus to the interchange with U.S. 74.
Through traffic on I-26 will not be impacted, nor will traffic from the Forest City direction on U.S. 74 seeking to go either direction on I-26. Columbus traffic seeking to access I-26 West will not be impacted by this closure.
Transportation officials remind motorists to slow down in work zones and obey all posted traffic signs.