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Second Phase of Bridge Demolition at I-85/I-485 Turbine Project in Mecklenburg County will continue Wednesday night

On-site detour will be posted for motorists

CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation will start the second round of demolition work to the existing bridge connecting I-485 and I-85 in north Charlotte at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, weather permitting. This work is part the $92.2 million reconstruction of the I-85/I-485 interchange.

Contractor Lane Construction started dismantling the bridge last month, completing the first phase prior to the Labor Day holiday. This segment will take place over four consecutive nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and for another three consecutive nights beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.

During each closure, motorists traveling south on I-85 will be detoured to I-485 Inner (Exit 48) back to I-85 South.

The contractor has opened several ramps this summer as part of converting the existing interchange to a turbine design, the first of its kind in North Carolina. The turbine circles all left-turning traffic around a central bridge in a counterclockwise direction.

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.

***Attached is a picture taken during the first phase of demolition.***


2/19/2018 7:50 AM