CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is opening Browne Road in northeast Charlotte to traffic this afternoon. Favorable weather last week accelerated the final steps to open a bridge taking Browne Road over the final segment of the Charlotte Outer Loop project, which will complete the final 5.7 miles of I-485 in northeast Mecklenburg County.
The closure has been in place since April 9. Additional utility work required the closure to be extended past the scheduled November completion date. Crews are completing striping work today to open the road to motorists.
The $139.5 million project is scheduled for completion in December 2014.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 845-1151.