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Interstate Paving to Close I-85 in Orange County/Nighttime closures to begin Monday

RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation will close I-85 South in Orange County beginning Monday night, June 23, for paving operations, weather permitting.The paving will begin at the Durham County line and end just east of the I-85/I-40 split.

Crews will close I-85 South at the US 15/501 South split (Exit 174A).N.C. 147 West will also be closed at Exit 16B to prohibit traffic from merging onto I-85 South.Nightly closures will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.Should work take place on Friday and Saturday nights, the closures will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The closures and detours will be advertised with overhead digital message signs on I-85, changeable message boards, and traffic control signing. Law enforcement will also be on-site to aid with traffic control.

During the closures, motorists traveling on I-85 South should takethe following signed detour:

  • I-85 South to US 15/501 South (Exit 174A) to I-40 West to I-85 South

During the closures, motorists traveling on NC 147 West to I-85 South should takethe following signed detour:

  • N.C. 147 West to US 15-501 South (Exit 16B) to I-40 West to I-85 South

Traffic on Cole Mill Road and U.S. 70 will access I-85 South via the following signed detour:

  • Hillsborough Road to U.S. 15-501 South to I-40 West to I-85 South

Traffic on N.C. 86 and Old N.C. 86 will access I-85 South via I-40 West.

The project involves resurfacing both lanes on I-85 North and South, which is expected to be complete by mid-September. There will be a series of northbound and southbound closures during the course of the project. The closures beginning in the southbound direction on Monday, June 23 should be in effect for approximately 10 nights, then work switches to the northbound side with closures at the I-40 split. Future closures will be advertised as work progresses.

NCDOT reminds motorists to use caution in the area, watch signs for construction information and allow plenty of time to reach their destinations safely.

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2/15/2018 5:23 PM