CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation will reopen the right lane on I-85 South at mile marker 47, south of the I-485 interchange in Charlotte beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, weather permitting.
The lane closure has reduced I-85 South to two lanes since February 4 to allow contractor Lane Construction to safely remove existing concrete and restripe the roadway to tie in a new ramp from the I-485 Inner Loop, currently under construction, to I-85 South. With the lane reopening, engineers expect some relief from the sluggish flow of traffic through this area.
Traffic control should be removed from this location by 2 a.m. Thursday, May 2.
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.
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For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 983-4171.