RALEIGH — Motorists who travel on I-85 South in
Davidson County will encounter a detour this week as construction progresses on
the new Belmont Road bridge over the interstate. The work is an important part
of the northern segment of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project.
Weather permitting, the N.C.
Department of Transportation will close I-85 South from Belmont Road (Exit
86) to Clark Road (Exit 85) from Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10 p.m. to Thursday,
Feb. 23, at 6 a.m. NCDOT scheduled the closure for the overnight hours to
minimize the impact on traffic.
The closure is necessary for crews to install the
remaining nine concrete girders on the new Belmont Road bridge over the
interstate. The girders will provide the support structure for the part of the
bridge that vehicles will drive on. The new bridge, which will help traffic flow
more safely and efficiently, is scheduled to open this spring.
During the closure, motorists traveling south on I-85
must follow a signed detour route. They will get off at the Belmont Road exit
ramp, turn right on Belmont Road, turn left onto Old Salisbury Road (U.S.
29/70), turn left onto Clark Road and go down the I-85 South entrance ramp to
return to the interstate. Law enforcement officers will be stationed at each
turn to direct motorists and improve traffic flow. While traveling around the
work zone, NCDOT encourages drivers to go slow and allow additional time to
reach their destinations safely.
If crews are not able to place all nine girders during
this closure, NCDOT will schedule a similar overnight closure from Thursday,
Feb. 23, at midnight to Friday, Feb. 24, at 6 a.m. to complete the work.
Throughout construction, traffic flow can be monitored on
the project website's live traffic cameras.
NCDOT broke ground in September 2010 on the southern segment
of the I-85 Corridor Improvement
Project, which involves replacing eight bridges, widening 3.3 miles of I-85
and reconstructing the N.C. 150 interchange. The northern segment extends the reach
of the interstate widening 3.8 miles from north of N.C. 150 to just north of
I-85 Business. Work on both phases is concurrent and should be complete by May
For more information on both phases of the $201.5 million
project, visit the project website.
To receive instant updates on traffic pattern changes, construction-related
congestion and project milestones, follow NCDOT’s I-85 Twitter feed.