ELIZABETHTOWN – A new interchange at N.C. 87 and U.S. 701 South in Bladen County is expected to open this week.
The project near Elizabethtown replaces a traffic signal with an overpass and ramps that improve safety and traffic flow. A portion of the new interchange recently opened, but contract crews plan to fully open it either by Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday.
While the new roadway will have temporary lane markings, the contractor will add permanent striping after Thanksgiving and wrap up the project before Christmas.
Drivers should watch for flaggers during the opening and proceed cautiously.
A realigned N.C. 242 that intersects U.S. 701 near the new interchange is now in use.
The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $13.2 million contract to Barnhill Contracting Co. of Rocky Mount to build the interchange.
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