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The North Carolina Route 89 curve improvement project near North Carolina 18 between Low Gap and the Virginia state line is underway.
The road will be reduced to one lane for most of the project, so motorists should be prepared for some delays depending on the traffic volume.
Traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers and a pilot vehicle that will lead motorists through the work zone between the flagging stations, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said. Temporary traffic signals may be used at a later date if needed.
During the project, it will be necessary to close the road for up to 30 minutes at times. If the road needs to be closed for 30 minutes or longer, then a 40-mile detour route around the project will be utilized.
Motorists heading west from Low Gap, N.C., would travel east on 89 to Interstate 77 north into Virginia. They would take Exit 14 onto U.S. 221/58 toward Galax, then head south on 89 into North Carolina. Southbound traffic would reverse directions.
A changeable message sign has been placed at the North Carolina and I-77 interchange and near Galax. The signs have the message “N.C. 89 OPEN,” unless the road is closed and the detour route is implemented.
The quarter-mile curve is being realigned near the existing curve to improve safety. This curve has had a high accident rate, especially for large trucks attempting to navigate the tighter curve on the mountainous road.
The $1.6 million contract was awarded to DLB Inc. of Hillsville in August, and the project is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 28, 2014.