N.C. 87/U.S. 74 junction to see delays

Another dangerous intersection in eastern Columbus will undergo reconstruction in the coming weeks.

The Y-junction at N.C. 87 and U.S. 74 at Acme is being converted to a reduced conflict intersection, according to a Department of Transportation announcement this morning. A traffic signal will also be installed at the intersection.

With the improvements, however, will come some delays.

Starting Tuesday at 8 a.m., a contractor will close portions of both highways to install curbs and gutters, make storm drainage improvements and paving. 

Drivers will not be able to make left turns from U.S. 74 onto N.C. 87. Traffic will be directed left onto N.C. 11, then right onto N.C. 87 at Sandyfield.

N.C. 87 South will be closed at U.S.74, so southbound traffic will be detoured to Old 87 to U.S. 74.

The entire project is expected to be completed this summer, according to the DOT.

For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov .

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