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Traffic Shift on I-85/I-485 Turbine Project in Mecklenburg County Scheduled for tonight; Bridge Demolition to start Friday night

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

CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation tonight is preparing to 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 North (Exit 31) beginning at 9 p.m.

Contractor Lane Construction 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.

The traffic switch should be completed by 6 a.m. Friday, August 23.

The contractor will start demolition work to the existing flyover bridge from the I-485 Outer Loop to I-85 South at 11 p.m. Friday, continuing the disassembly over five consecutive nights. Work will be scheduled from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Wednesday, August 28. An offsite detour will be posted for motorists from I-85 North to the I-485 Inner Loop to U.S. 29 (Exit 32). From the exit ramp, motorists can turn left, cross the interstate, then turn left to access the I-485 Outer Loop back to I-85 North.

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