If you’re headed into the Charlotte area anytime soon, take note. 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. Wednesday night, the department and contractor Lane Construction will shift traffic to new southbound lanes from south of Coddle Creek to Bruton Smith Boulevard, approximately 3 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 exit and entrance ramps at I-85 South and Poplar Tent Road will be closed during the shift to ensure a safe transition to the new lanes. The ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. Thursday.
This will be the only traffic shift on the $125.2 million project this year; additional shifts are anticipated in early 2013.
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 November 2013.