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Second Traffic Shift on I-85/I-485 Turbine Project in Mecklenburg County Scheduled for Wednesday Night

Motorists can access new exit ramp from I-85 South to I-485 Inner Loop

CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing for another traffic shift on the $92.2 million reconstruction of the I-85/I-485 interchange in north Charlotte. Weather permitting, traffic will be shifted to the new exit ramp from I-85 South to the I-485 Inner Loop (Exit 48) starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. This ramp is the second of several contractor Lane Construction will open over the next few weeks as part of converting the existing interchange to a turbine design, the first of its kind in North Carolina.

The existing two-way ramp will remain in place for approximately two weeks while crews prepare for the next traffic shift. Motorists will still be able to use the existing entrance ramp from the I-485 Outer Loop to I-85 South (Exit 31). The other side of the ramp will only be available to construction vehicles.

Ground-mounted signs and speed limit signs in the vicinity of the existing ramp will be relocated during the traffic shift. All traffic control will be removed by 6 a.m. Thursday, July 25.

The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2014.

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