SHELBY, NC– Excavation continues on the construction site of the new I-85 weigh station in Gaston County, and crews will temporarily shut down a portion of the interstate Sunday to perform a brief blasting operation.
This blast will be very similar to the three previous blasts that occurred in late August and early September at the site near Bessemer City. The blast will go off at 10 a.m. and should last only a few seconds.
People standing outside during the blast will likely hear a brief, low rumble, similar to thunder.
A portion of I-85 will be closed down briefly before, during and after the blast to ensure debris from the blast doesn’t cause any damage. Crews will begin closing down I-85 near the construction site about 30 minutes before the blast.
For southbound traffic, crews will close the entrance ramp from Exit 13 to I-85 South and pace traffic starting after Exit 14 (N.C. 274). For northbound traffic, both exits from N.C. 74 onto I-85 north at Exit 10 will be closed to traffic. They will pace traffic starting at Exit 8 (N.C. 161) for I-85 North.
When all traffic on both north- and southbound I-85 is clear of the blasting area, then the project contractor will begin the blasting work. After the blasting, the contractor will make sure I-85 is clear of any debris, and then traffic will be released to its normal flow. The amount of time for traffic flow to return to normal after the blast will depend on traffic volume in the area at the time of the blasting.