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

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

CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is approaching a milestone 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 North to the I-485 Inner Loop (Exit 48) starting at 9 p.m. Friday, July 12. This ramp is the first 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.

During the traffic shift, crews will also relocate the ground-mounted exit sign from I-85 North to I-485 Inner Loop, and the existing exit ramp will be closed to traffic. Work should be completed by 6 a.m. Saturday, July 13.

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