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NCDOT will start shoulder strengthening for I-485 widening project in Mecklenburg County Sunday night

Work will require overnight lane closures for two weeks

CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation will begin strengthening the shoulders on I-485 between I-77 (Exit 67) and Johnston Road (Exit 61) in Charlotte from 9 p.m. Sunday, April 14, until 6 a.m. Monday, April 15, weather permitting. This work is part of the $83.3 million I-485 widening project, converting 9.2 miles of I-485 from four to six lanes between I-77 and Rea Road.

This work is necessary to make the outside shoulders of the interstate stronger to carry heavier amounts of traffic during the I-485 widening project.

The contractor, Lane Construction, will start work on the inner loop first, closing the right lane each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Friday, April 19. On Sunday night, April 21, the lane closures will move to the outer loop. The right lane will be closed each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Friday, April 26. The roadway will also be striped during these closures.

Once this work is complete, the contractor will start placing barrier wall along the project limits, in order to keep workers safe from traffic while they work in the median.

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) 289-1330. More details on the project are on the Charlotte Outer Loop project page.


2/19/2018 7:50 AM