Jason Bond 540-387-5493
Dec. 19, 2017
INTERSTATE 77 TRUCK ESCAPE RAMP REHABILITATION PROJECT IN CARROLL COUNTY TO BEGIN IN JANUARY
Drivers should expect the ramp to be closed at times
SALEM — Weather permitting, a rehabilitation project for the truck escape ramp on southbound Interstate 77 in Carroll County at mile marker 1.5 is expected to begin in January 2018. Work is anticipated to cost approximately $300,000 and be completed by May 2018.
The project will include replacing the ramp’s stone, ditches and guardrail. A new arrestor bed, an area of specialized stone designed to stop a runaway vehicle, will be installed along the right side of the ramp. In addition, the left side of the ramp will be paved to allow better access for emergency response vehicles.
Drivers can expect the following traffic impacts during the project:
- The truck escape ramp and the southbound I-77 right shoulder will be closed periodically during daytime hours when workers are present.
- The southbound right lane, right shoulder and truck escape ramp will be closed for several nights in the spring to place barrier wall.
- The right shoulder and truck ramp will be closed for about a month in the spring once the barrier wall is installed.
There are three truck escape ramps along the mountains portion of southbound I-77 in Carroll County that were built in the 1970s as part of the interstate’s original construction. These ramps enable vehicles experiencing braking problems to stop safely. The southernmost ramp at mile marker 1.5 is the one most frequently used.
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