NCDOT will close entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South tonight Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Closure will be removed by 6 a.m. Thursday


CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will close the access ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South in Concord beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, weather permitting. The ramp will be open to traffic by 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3.


During the closure, crews will be cutting the pavement open to install a drainage pipe. This work will allow standing water on the ramp to be removed so the water won’t freeze on the road surface.


Motorists are advised to use George Liles Parkway as an alternate route.


The work is part of the $125.2 million project to widen 6.8 miles of I-85 from four to eight lanes from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard to north of N.C. 73. The project will also feature diverging diamond interchanges at Poplar Tent Road and N.C. 73.  The project is scheduled for completion in November 2013.


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


For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter at Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.


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



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