U.S. 321 closing for bridge work

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

The N.C. Department of Transportation will be closing the north and south lanes of U.S. 321 tonight and Friday night at the cloverleaf interchange under construction at Hibriten Drive in Lenoir.

The closures will be from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to allow workers to remove temporary supports erected during the construction of the new bridge spanning the busy highway. Signs along the highway announce the closure plans. Traffic heading north will be re-routed to Southwest Boulevard, known as the loop. Southbound traffic will be re-routed to McLean Drive extension onto the  321-A Bypass.

Work on the $12.5 million project, which is adding the interchange and widening Hibriten Drive to four lanes from Norwood Street to Starcross Road, began in July 2012. Since then, U.S. 321 has been narrowed to one lane in each direction between the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center on the south and McLean Drive on the north. Miller Engineering of Marion is performing the work.

Starcross Road was closed at Hibriten Drive in March as work began to realign that intersection.

The road construction is expected to be completed, with the interchange and all four lanes of the highway open, by Sept. 15. Officials hope to have the landscaping in the area completed by March.