RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation has reopened Belmont Road in both directions between Clyde Fitzgerald Road and just west of Redwine Road in Davidson County. The closure was put in place on Dec. 8 to allow crews to make interchange improvements at the location as part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project.
The improvements include the following changes to traffic patterns in the area:
- Motorists traveling to I-85 from Redwine Road will no longer turn left onto Belmont Road and follow a large curve to access the interstate. They should now turn right onto Belmont Road and then turn left onto a newly built section of Belmont Road to reach I-85; and
- Drivers traveling on Belmont Road to I-85 will now follow the newly built section of the road, which is a much more direct path to the interchange.
Signs are posted in the area to alert motorists to the new traffic patterns. NCDOT encourages all drivers to go slow and pay attention as they travel through the work zone.
NCDOT made these changes in preparation for the replacement of the Belmont Road bridge over I-85. Crews have already built the underground support network for the new bridge, and next month, they expect to begin construction on the columns, which will support the bridge above ground. Once the bridge is complete in 2012, it will align with the new section of Belmont Road, giving drivers a safer, more efficient route to the interstate.
Improving the interchange is just one part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project. The southern segment includes replacing eight bridges, reconstructing the N.C. 150 interchange and widening 3.3 miles of I-85 to eight lanes from north of Long Ferry Road (Exit 81) in Rowan County to just north of the N.C. 150 interchange in Davidson County. The northern segment extends the reach of the interstate, widening 3.8 miles from north of N.C. 150 to just north of I-85 Business, and includes the reconstruction of the Belmont Road interchange.
Work on both phases is concurrent and should be complete by May 2013. When completed, the project will help to reduce congestion, improve safety and ensure that this important piece of the region’s transportation system meets the needs of drivers into the future.
For more information on both phases of the $201.5 million project, visit www.i-85yadkinriver.com. To receive instant updates on traffic pattern changes, construction-related congestion and project milestones, follow NCDOT’s I-85 Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/NCDOT_I85.