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NCDOT will temporarily close lanes, ramps at I-85 North and Poplar Tent Road, N.C. 73 in Cabarrus County tonight

Closures are part of $125.2 million I-85 widening project

CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation will be working at the I-85 interchanges with Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) and N.C. 73 (Exit 55) at 9 p.m. tonight, weather permitting. Crews will be working to tie in the roadway with entrance ramps from the interchanges to I-85 North, requiring temporary closures of the entrance ramps, along with the right lane on I-85 North at the interchanges. The work is part of the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project, improving I-85 from four to eight lanes from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to north of N.C. 73.

Crews will work at the Poplar Tent Road interchange first, then at the N.C. 73 interchange. Each ramp and lane closure should last a few hours. Work will be completed by 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 9.

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 7:50 AM