"Diverging Diamond" interchange will be in final pattern by Oct. 27
CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing to convert N.C. 73 over I-85 in Concord to a diverging diamond interchange (DDI), the second of two on the
$125.2 million I-85 widening project, and the second of four to open to traffic in the Charlotte region. NCDOT last month opened the state's first DDI at the Poplar Tent Road/I-85 interchange in Concord.
The DDI moves high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals while providing easier access to an interstate. Other interchanges are nearing completion on I-77 at Catawba Avenue in Cornelius and on I-485 at Mallard Creek Road in Charlotte.
To prepare for this new traffic pattern, NCDOT and Lane Construction will close N.C. 73 over I-85 from 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24 until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27. Motorists exiting I-85 North and South to N.C. 73 will be restricted to right turns during the closure. Detours will be posted west of I-85 along Kannapolis Parkway, and east of I-85 along George Liles Parkway and Poplar Tent Road.
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 the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.
For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 983-4171.