Part of Business Interstate 40 set for November shutdown

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Transportation officials say a portion of Business Interstate 40 through a North Carolina city will close next month.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports the N.C. Department of Transportation said the route through downtown Winston-Salem will close at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. The $100 million project includes replacing one mile of existing roadway, nine traffic bridges and two pedestrian bridges.

Pat Ivey, local division engineer, said Nov. 11 was chosen because it is Veterans Day weekend, giving commuters an extra day to get ready for the change to their commute.

Originally viewed as a two-year project, highway officials have worked with contractors to shorten construction time. With a reopening date now set for mid-2020, officials say the highway may be completely reopen by January 2020.