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I-95 guardrail work to cause lane closures

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SMITHFIELD — Drivers on Interstate 95 in Johnston County will encounter overnight lane reductions starting this month and lasting through much of this year to allow contract workers to safely upgrade the guardrails and drainage systems in the grassy median.

The project stretches 17 miles, between mile marker 81 (the I-40 Benson exit) and mile marker 98. From mid-May until November, drivers in both directions will encounter occasional sections reduced to one lane after 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and after 10 p.m. on the weekends.

The lanes will be reopened by 7 each morning.

The improvements will include replacing the cable-guide rail and guardrail systems, which are nearing their lifespan. Some guardrail and drainage boxes along the outside shoulders will be repaired or upgraded, too.

Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh will do the work, after the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $2.3 million contract last month.

State transportation officials say motorists should be alert when approaching the work zone, obey the posted speed limit and allow extra time to reach their destinations.

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