NCDOT will shift traffic on I-85 South in Cabarrus County Monday night Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Motorists will be shifted to new southbound lanes on a section of the I-85 widening project


CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing for changes on the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project in Concord. Beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, the department and contractor Lane Construction will shift traffic to new southbound lanes from George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) to the Poplar Tent Road off ramp (Exit 52), approximately two miles.


To prepare for the shift, the contractor will repaint pavement and lane markings, reset the barrier wall, and install signs advising motorists of the new traffic pattern. In addition, the entrance ramp from George Liles Parkway to I-85 South will be closed during the shift to ensure a safe transition to the new lanes. The ramp will reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.


This shift will extend the new southbound lanes to five miles, adding to a previously opened segment between Poplar Tent Road and Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49).


The project includes widening I-85 from four to eight lanes from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) in Cabarrus County, and converting the existing interchanges at Poplar Tent Road and N.C. 73 to diverging diamond interchanges. The project is scheduled for completion in spring 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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