CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation this week will be setting bridge beams and overhangs as work continues to convert the existing I-85/I-485 interchange in north Charlotte to a turbine interchange, the first of its kind in North Carolina. This design utilizes smaller, single-span bridges and smaller columns, and is easier to maintain.
Crews will need to close I-85 South to safely perform the work. Beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, motorists will be detoured from I-85 South to I-485 (Exit 48), following an onsite detour back to I-85 South until 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4. Weather permitting, the closure will take place each night through 5 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
The project is scheduled to be completed in December 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.