UPDATE: Traffic to use detours during temporary road closure of US 421 for track repairs

A section will be blocked off for construction near I-40 and US 421
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 5:42 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - North Carolina Department of Transportation will temporarily close a section of U.S. 421 south of the Interstate I-40 junction for CSX track maintenance.

The closure will begin at 6 a.m. January 10 and the repairs should take no longer than five days.

CSX will conduct maintenance to its railroad crossing where the tracks cross U.S. 421 just south of Sutton Steam Plant road on the outskirts of Wilmington.

Drivers are asked to take alternative routes and/or allow time for the detour outlined in the news release:

Because this location is between two rivers, a marked detour by CSX will send drivers on an approximately 10-mile detour via U.S. 74 (Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway), N.C. 133 and I-140 at exits 14 and 17.

New Hanover County Environmental Management added instructions for residents who access New Hanover County Recycling, Household Hazardous Waste, or the New Hanover County Landfill via the northbound lane.

Residents moving from Wilmington towards Clinton will take I-140 to Exit 14. NHC Environmental Management staff will be present upon arrival to assist anyone who needs it.

NCDOT and CSX will work together to expedite the repairs and reopen the highway as soon as possible. If progress is not interrupted by weather events, officials say the road could be reopened in as early as three days.

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