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10/30/2014: NCDOT Readies To Open Additional Westbound Lane At Diverging Diamond Interchange In Mecklenburg County

NCDOT Readies To Open Additional Westbound Lane At Diverging Diamond Interchange In Mecklenburg County

Posted 10/30/2014 1:12:48 PM

  CHARLOTTE –  The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing to open a second westbound lane on the state’s third diverging diamond interchange (DDI) on Catawba Avenue over I-77 in Cornelius Friday, Oct. 31. The $5.4 million project was awarded in October 2013 to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion and crashes when traffic backs up on the ramps.   Additional aesthetics proposed by the Town of Cornelius can be seen here, as well as a video simulation showing traffic moving through a DDI. Intermittent lane closures will be necessary to continue construction activities through the end of November.   Earlier this fall, NCDOT opened the state’s first DDI at the I-85/Poplar Tent Road interchange in Concord, and this month opened a second at the I-85/N.C. 73 interchange, also in Concord. A fourth is currently under construction at the future I-485/Mallard Creek Road interchange in Charlotte.     ***NCDOT***
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10/24/2014: Completion of I-485 Outer Loop In Mecklenburg County Scheduled For Spring 2015

Completion of I-485 Outer Loop In Mecklenburg County Scheduled For Spring 2015

Posted 10/24/2014 8:58:40 AM

CHARLOTTE – As work continues on the final 5.7 – mile segment of the Charlotte Outer Loop in northeast Mecklenburg County, the N.C. Department of Transportation and contractor Blythe Construction will soon be faced with lower temperatures and seasonal limitations that will slow the project’s completion. Although the Department and the contractor were planning to complete work by the end of December, engineers now are anticipating the completion will be spring 2015.   The current controlling operation is paving the new section of I-485. Once completed, pavement markings will be installed, concurrent with lighting and sign installation. With winter approaching, lower temperatures will likely slow progress. Once temperatures go lower than 50 degrees, asphalt cannot set properly, which is why roadway paving isn’t done between November and March.   In addition, the existing onsite concrete plant near the Prosperity Church Road interchange will soon be dismantled, requiring an offsite supplier to haul materials to pave approximately 1500 feet of the highway in both directions around the plant’s location.   NCDOT will continue to work with the contractor to do as much as possible to accelerate the completion, with the recognition that inclement conditions may still impede that process. The Department will continue to make every effort to finish this critical segment of the Outer Loop so motorists can reach their destinations sooner and more efficiently.   **NCDOT**
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9/23/2014: NCDOT Hosting Public Information Sessions On I-77 Managed Lanes Project In Mecklenburg, Iredell Counties

NCDOT Hosting Public Information Sessions On I-77 Managed Lanes Project In Mecklenburg, Iredell Counties

Posted 9/23/2014 8:49:36 AM

Meetings are scheduled October 8 and 9   CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled two public information sessions next month for the I-77 managed lanes project in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. The project will help reduce congestion and improve travel time reliability along 26 miles of I-77 from the Brookshire Freeway (Exit 11) in Charlotte to N.C. 150 (Exit 36) in Mooresville through the use of managed lanes.   NCDOT will hold the information sessions at the following times and locations:   Wednesday, Oct. 8: Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 North Main Street, Mooresville, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.   Thursday, Oct. 9: North Mecklenburg High School Media Center, 11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.   Citizens attending the sessions will be able to see the project’s updated design, learn the next steps and meet the team from Cintra, the firm responsible for designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the project. Several ‘information stations’ will be set up for attendees to learn more about the project’s timeline and financing, along with general details about managed lanes and dynamic pricing. NCDOT representatives will also be available to answer questions and receive comments.   Both meetings will be informal, so the public is welcome to drop in at any time between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. NCDOT and Cintra will take the comments received from participants into consideration as work on the project develops.   The I-77 managed lanes project will accomplish two key things:   Currently, I-77 has one High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane, commonly known as a carpool lane, in each direction within parts of the project’s boundaries. The project will convert those HOV lanes to managed lanes. Crews will also build a second managed lane next to the converted HOV lanes on I-77 There will be two managed lanes on I-77 in each direction, except in the area between Exits 28 and 36. Here, one managed lane will be built in each direction. The existing general purpose lanes will always remain free of charge. Crews will not add or take away any general purpose lanes as part of the project; however, they will resurface these lanes to preserve the pavement and provide motorists with a smoother ride.   Vehicles with fewer than three people in the car will be charged a toll to ride on the managed lanes. The managed lanes will be free to buses, motorcyclists, and vehicles carrying three or more people.   Anyone interested in additional information may contact Jamille Robbins, NCDOT-Human Environment Section at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598, by phone at (919) 707-6085, or via email at publicinvolvement1@ncdot.gov. Comments may be submitted until Oct. 22. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in the hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Mr. Robbins as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.   Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the hearing by calling 1-800-481-6494. I-77 Express Lanes
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9/22/2014: NCDOT Will Shift Traffic On I-485 Inner Loop Tonight

NCDOT Will Shift Traffic On I-485 Inner Loop Tonight

Posted 9/22/2014 11:01:54 AM

  CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation  tonight will shift traffic on the I-485 Inner Loop between Rea Road and Johnston Road from midnight to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, weather permitting. The work is part of the $83.3 million I-485 widening project to add one lane in each direction between I-77 and Rea Road.   Tonight’s work allows crews to shift traffic to new inside lanes on the Inner Loop to continue paving operations. Intermittent lane closures will get underway at 9 p.m. to prepare for the traffic shift at midnight. In addition, entrance ramps and loop ramps from Johnston Road and Rea Road to the Inner Loop will be closed from midnight to 6 a.m. while crews complete striping work.   For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” 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 call the resident engineer at (704) 289-1330.   ***NCDOT***
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9/17/2014: NCDOT This Weekend Will Open New Conference Drive Bridge In Mecklenburg County

NCDOT This Weekend Will Open New Conference Drive Bridge In Mecklenburg County

Posted 9/17/2014 1:41:05 PM

With new bridge opening, Idlewild Road will close to traffic     CHARLOTTE – After delays from Mother Nature, the N.C. Department of Transportation has rescheduled a traffic shift on the Independence Boulevard widening project in east Charlotte. Beginning at midnight Sunday, Sept. 21, crews will open a new bridge taking Conference Drive over U.S. 74. This is one of three bridges under construction between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane.   Once the Conference Drive bridge is open, the contractor will continue construction on a new bridge taking Idlewild Road over Independence Boulevard. This work will require closing Idlewild Road between Monroe Road and Electra Lane. Motorists will be detoured around the area along Monroe Road and Conference Drive through October 2016.    For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.   For more information on this project, please contact the assistant resident engineer at (704) 845-1151. Project details are also online at the “U.S. 74 Widening and Improvements” project page.   ***NCDOT***
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