CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation continues to make strides on the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project to expand the interstate from four to eight lanes from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) in Concord.
Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, crews will temporarily close the entrance ramp from Poplar Tent Road to I-85 South so a new entrance ramp can be built to tie in with the interstate's alignment. The closure will be in place until 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11.
Motorists can use the following signed detours to access I-85 South:
- Poplar Tent Road east of I-85: Follow Poplar Tent Road to George Liles Parkway back to I-85 South; and
- Poplar Tent Road west of I-85: Follow Poplar Tent Road to Derita Road to Bruton Smith Boulevard back to I-85 South.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.
For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 983-4171.