STATESVILLE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) — North Carolina Department of Transportation crews have closed a section of Interstate 40 westbound in Iredell County on Friday for emergency bridge work.

All lanes of I-40 west between mile markers 144 and 141 have been closed to allow crews to safely repair a pothole on the I-40 bridge over Beulah Road. Work is expected to be complete by Tuesday, Oct. 26.

According to NC State Highway Patrol, a large piece of concrete from the bridge over Beulah Road has fallen out and created a hole in the overpass. 

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The NCDOT has set up a detour directing traffic from Stamey Farm Road (Exit 145) to U.S. Highway 70 West and back onto the interstate via Sharon School Road (Exit 141). 

Significant travel delays are anticipated. Drivers are encouraged to follow the detour or find an alternate route, NC State Highway Patrol said.