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Interstate revamp to relieve Statesville traffic

STATESVILLE — A project to widen lanes and build a multilevel interchange between Interstates 40 and 77 will disrupt traffic for months before ultimately relieving congestion in a heavily traveled area of Iredell County.

The Statesville Record and Landmark reports that 300 residents came out this week to hear state transportation officials explain details of the $251 million project set to begin next year.

Construction engineer Dan Grissom said the interstates were built in the 1960s, when traffic was about 5,000 cars day. That’s now up to 70,000 vehicles traveling through the intersection daily, and the number is expected to rise to 110,000 by 2035.

Grissom called it one of the most important intersections in North Carolina.

The roadwork will continue through at least 2016.

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