Special to Iredell Free News

The N.C. Department of Transportation will close one ramp on Interstate 77 in Statesville over the weekend.

The East Broad Street exit (Exit 50) at the I-77 northbound off-ramp will be closed at 8 p.m. Friday. The closure will allow contractors to remove hard rock that has been encountered along the ramp and install a new sewer line and drainage.

The ramp is expected to reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.

Traffic on I-77 northbound will continue to U.S. 21 (Exit 54), to I-77 Southbound to East Broad Street.

Motorists should exercise caution while using the detour and expect some delays.