RALEIGH - Starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, motorists will encounter traffic pattern changes on the northern segment of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project in Davidson County.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is temporarily closing Belmont Road in both directions between Clyde Fitzgerald Road and just west of Redwine Road. The closure is expected to be in place for approximately three weeks while construction crews work on the new interchange at that location. While the closure is in effect, motorists are encouraged to use Clyde Fitzgerald Road and Hargrave Road for access to and from I-85.
The road closure and new interchange are part of the long-term effort under way to widen I-85 to four lanes in each direction. NCDOT broke ground in the fall of 2010 on the southern segment of the project, which involves replacing eight bridges and widening 3.3 miles of I-85. 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.