NCDOT will detour traffic on I-85 South this week Monday, December 03, 2012

Demolition of old Mallard Creek Road bridge is progressing


CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will detour traffic on I-85 South into Charlotte from 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, weather permitting. Crews with contractor Lane Construction are making progress tearing down the old Mallard Creek Road bridge over the interstate. Tonight, traffic on I-85 North will be detoured from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, using the following detour:

  • I-85 North to I-485 (Exit 48) to U.S. 29 North (Exit 32) to Bruton Smith Boulevard back to I-85 North.


Crews will switch to the southbound side tomorrow night. Motorists will use the following detour:


  • I-85 South to Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to U.S. 29 South to I-485 Inner back to I-85 South (Exit 31).


The closure is slated nightly for Wednesday, Dec. 5, Thursday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 7.


A new bridge was built to accommodate the new on and off-ramps of the $92.2 million I-85/I-485 turbine interchange. Traffic was shifted to the new bridge Nov. 17.  The team of Lane Construction and STV-Ralph Whitehead Associates has created a visual rendering of the turbine design.


The project is scheduled to be completed in June 2014.


NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.


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For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 983-4171.



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