Greensboro, NC-- A portion of Interstate 40 will close on Friday night to help the highway drain better in the rain.
The NC DOT will close I-40 East at I-73 South right by exit 212A on Friday around 11 p.m. It will remain closed until noon on Saturday.
The road is being paved after the DOT determined that it was a high-crash area, specifically for hydroplaning wrecks.
"In the left most lane, if you're heading eastbound, there's about 100- to 150-foot section that the water that moves across the pavement, it collects in that lane and it collects enough that the tires of some vehicles will lose contact with the pavement," said Brad Wall, a maintenance engineer with NC DOT.
Crews will pave a 2,000-foot area with open-graded friction course asphalt, which is designed to drain water away from the road surface and reduce tire spray. It actually works in a way that removes water on the surface immediately by absorbing it instead of staying on top of the road creating flooding.
Wall said, "It allows it to get into the pavement and then it drains through the pavement and draining out the edges onto the shoulder."
Wall told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that traffic and accident reports showed a pattern of about 15 wrecks caused by hydroplaning in this location. He said that by installing the new asphalt, it will make motorists safer especially during wet weather.
The DOT is reminding folks traveling around Greensboro and heading east to use I-73 as a detour route during the closure. Those who are traveling to PTI Airport will use N.C. 68 to Bryan Boulevard as an alternate route.
WFMY News 2, NC DOT