CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close the entrance ramp from N.C. 73 to I-85 South in Concord at 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, through 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, weather permitting.
During the closure, crews will build a new ramp alignment next to the existing ramp as part of the $125.2 million I-85 widening project. The project includes converting 6.8 miles of I-85 from four to eight lanes from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55). In addition, existing interchanges at Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) and N.C. 73 will be changed to diverging diamond interchanges.
Motorists should follow posted detours to access I-85:
- Traveling west on N.C. 73, turn left on Kannapolis Parkway and follow to I-85 South;
- Traveling east on N.C. 73, turn right on International Drive, right on Poplar Tent Road, and right on George Liles Parkway to I-85 South.
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.