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NCDOT to Shift Traffic onto New Outside Lanes of I-85 South in Davidson County Saturday Night

RALEIGH - Early Sunday, motorists can begin traveling on the newly constructed outside lanes of I-85 South from just north I-85 Business to Belmont Road in Davidson County. The traffic shift will start on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. and end on Sunday, April 14, by 11 a.m. The shift will complete the transition of traffic to the new outside lanes for the full length of the northern segment of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project in both directions.

To move traffic safely and efficiently, crews must close lanes on I-85 South, the Belmont Road exit loop (Exit 86), I-85 Business South from Exit 84 to its merger with I-85 South and a short section of I-85 South at the Linwood Exit (Exit 88). The ramp closures will occur between 10 p.m. on Saturday and 6 a.m. on Sunday, and will not take place simultaneously. The closures will be lifted as soon as work allows.

Motorists traveling on I-85 Business South who want to access I-85 South while that section is closed should:

  • Exit at Linwood (Exit 84);
  • Turn left onto Hargrave Lane;
  • Turn right onto Hargrave Road; and
  • Turn right onto Belmont Road and proceed to the I-85 South entrance ramp on the left.

Motorists traveling on I-85 South who want to access Belmont Road during the Exit 86 closure should:

  • Exit at Linwood (Exit 88);
  • Turn left on Hargrave Road; and
  • Turn right on Belmont Road.

During the closure of I-85 South at the Linwood Exit (Exit 88), motorists will exit I-85 at Linwood, travel straight across Hargrave Road and back onto I-85 South via the temporarily opened Linwood entrance ramp.

Signs will alert motorists to the detours, and law enforcement officers will assist with traffic flow. The N.C. Department of Transportation encourages drivers to go slow and allow additional time to reach their destinations safely while traveling in the work zone. Traffic conditions can be monitored using live cameras on the project website.

Moving traffic onto the new outside lanes of I-85 is a necessary step for the northern segment of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project. It will allow crews to begin construction on the new inside lanes of I-85. By late summer, the contractor is scheduled to open the interstate to four lanes in each direction from just north of N.C. 150 to just north of I-85 Business.

The I-85 Corridor Improvement Project is the state's top mobility project. NCDOT broke ground in September 2010 on the southern segment of the project, which involves replacing eight bridges, widening 3.3 miles of I-85 from just north of Long Ferry Road (Exit 81) to just north of N.C. 150 and reconstructing the N.C. 150 interchange. The northern segment extends the interstate widening by an additional 3.8 miles from just north of N.C. 150 to just north of I-85 Business. Work on both segments is concurrent and currently scheduled to be complete in late summer.

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.

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2/19/2018 7:50 AM

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