Shared by IRPO–U.S. 74 West Ramp Closure in Polk County

COLUMBUS – Construction for an N.C. Department of Transportation interchange project just west of Columbus in Polk County has closed the exit ramp from westbound U.S. 74 to N.C. 108 East (exit 161). It is expected to reopen by Aug. 24.

A detour sign on U.S. 74 West directs drivers who planned to use exit 161 to instead get off at exit 163, and take westbound N.C. 108 through Columbus.

Two message boards with the detour message are two miles in advance of exit 163, and there is a message board reminder one mile in advance of the exit.

Drivers need to follow detour signs and anticipate possibly needing extra travel time when going through the area.

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Shared by IRPO–I-26 West Closure Overnight Next Week in Polk County

COLUMBUS – N.C. Department of Transportation project work will require the closure of Interstate 26 West for two nights next week at mile marker 67 near Columbus in Polk County. The closures are needed so crews can safely put a bridge girder in place over the highway.

The two-night closure begins at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 23. The interstate will reopen by 6 a.m. the next morning. The same closure time will be in place on Tuesday night, July 24, through the next morning.

Motorists will detour off I-26 West at exit 67 (U.S. 74 East/N.C. 108), travel through the roundabout and get right back on the interstate.

Drivers need to slow down approaching the closure and pay extra attention when on the short detour route.

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Shared by IRPO–Nearly 80 Miles to be Repaved in Rutherford County

Work may start this month

ASHEVILLE – About 78.4 miles of road on three federal and state highways, plus sections of 61 other secondary roads will be repaved in Rutherford County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $7.6 million contract to Rogers Group Inc. of Nashville, Tenn., to complete the work. Notable roads to be resurfaced under this contract include:

  • About 5.2 miles of U.S. 64 between Rock Springs Church Road and Cove Road
  • About 3.5 miles of U.S. 221A between Pointer Road and U.S. 74
  • About 1.9 miles of Tryon Road (N.C. 108) between the Polk County line and JJ Guffy Road

The Department awarded the contract in June 2018, and construction may start this July. The contractor has until October 2019 to complete the projects.

This was one of 25 road and bridge contracts recently awarded by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Per state law they went to the lowest qualified bidder for each project. The contracts are worth nearly $630 million.