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NCDOT will close a lane on I-85 South in Mecklenburg County

Closure is part of I-85/I-485 interchange project

CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation will close the right lane on I-85 South at mile marker 47, south of the I-485 interchange in Charlotte at 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, weather permitting. The lane closure will remain in place through June while contractor Lane Construction builds a ramp that will tie in from the I-485 Inner Loop, currently under construction, to I-85 South.

Crews will be setting a barrier wall Thursday night to remove existing concrete and restripe the roadway. This work should be finished by 6 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8. The shift will leave two travel lanes open to motorists.

Work on the $92.2 million project started in the fall of 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in June 2014. The team of Lane Construction and STV-Ralph Whitehead Associates has created a visualization of the turbine interchange, a first for North Carolina.

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 or follow NCDOT on Twitter at Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "" 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.


2/19/2018 7:51 AM