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$89M overhaul of I-40, I-77 interchange approved


STATESVILLE, NC (AP) -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation is getting ready for a major project to improve the interchange where Interstate 40 and Interstate 77 meet.

Transportation officials say work could begin by the end of the month on the $89 million project.

The interchange was built in the late 1960s, with projections about 5,000 vehicles would pass through each day. The DOT says current traffic counts at the Iredell County interchange are about 70,000 vehicles per day.

Crews will build a multi-level interchange between the two interstates and also improve U.S. Highway 21 so drivers on either highway can make it to the route through Statesville.

The DOT says the project should be finished by March 2017.

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