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Traffic Shift on I-85/I-485 Turbine Project in Mecklenburg County Scheduled for Tonight

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

CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation will open another ramp 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 the I-485 Outer Loop to I-85 South (Exit 31) starting at 9 p.m.

This is the third ramp 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 turbine circles all left-turning traffic around a central bridge in a counterclockwise direction.

The traffic switch should be completed by 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 6. 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