RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation has reopened
a closed portion of Clyde Fitzgerald Road from its intersection with Sam Sharpe
Road, extending one-half mile north. The closure has been in effect in both
directions since June.
The section of road was temporarily closed as part of the long-term
effort under way to widen I-85 to four lanes in each direction. Crews rebuilt
the closed section of Clyde Fitzgerald Road to accommodate changes in the
elevation and shape of the new landscape necessary for the widening of the
NCDOT broke ground in the fall of 2010 on the southern segment of the I-85
Corridor Improvement Project, which involves replacing eight
bridges, reconstructing the N.C. 150 interchange and widening 3.3 miles of I-85
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 will reconstruct the Belmont Road interchange and extend the
reach of the interstate widening 3.8 miles from north of N.C. 150 to just north
of I-85 Business.
Work on both phases is concurrent and scheduled to be complete by May
2013. The project will help 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.