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NC 16 in Northeast Gaston County to be detoured through May 30th

Beginning Monday, NC 16 South in Lucia will be temporarily detoured onto its original alignment for about six weeks.

The reason, NCDOT needs to close the highway in order to tie the existing highway to the new four-lane alignment being built. The new highway will extend the four lane NC 16 to NC 73 in Eastern Lincoln County. Plans are to make NC 16 a four lane highway from I-85 near Charlotte to I-40 near Newton-Conover.

The detour route will place NC 16 over NC 273, and then when NC 273 turns right to head towards Mt. Holly, the detour continues straight on Lucia Riverbend Highway. This section of NC 273 and Lucia Riverbend Highway was a former alignment of NC 16 before the four lane was built slightly to the north in 1990.

The detour for NC 16 South should end on May 30th. The new four lane highway should be open shortly after that.

Story: Charlotte Observer

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