The Exit 28 Diverging Diamond Interchange reconstruction project may not be getting off the ground just yet. Contractor Blythe Construction told town officials Monday that cold temperatures could delay the start of work.The project had been expected to start Monday night, with most work planned at night. But the company’s project manager told Cornelius officials Monday: “Due to the low temps we probably will not be able to work tonight. The NCDOT restricts asphalt placement during low temperatures.”
Town Manager Anthony Roberts said at the Town Board meeting Monday night the work could start Tuesday night, if the temperature is warmer.
The $6.2 million project will convert West Catawba Avenue over I-77 at Exit 28 into a crossover pattern that’s supposed to smooth traffic flow through the area. The work is expected to take 14 to 18 months. Town officials have pushed for much of the work to happen at night, to minimize traffic and business disruptions.
Last week, DOT officials had warned that the work could be delayed by cold weather. A DOT spokeswoman said a minimum temperature of 50 degrees is needed for repaving. That could delay project’s start to after the new year, she said. But town officials said Monday night they expect the project to begin this week.
Officials say the initial work will be demolition of the existing medians in the Exit 28 area.
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