Additional lanes from Exit 54 to north of Exit 55 will open to traffic
CHARLOTTE -Beginning tonight at 9 p.m., the N.C. Department of Transportation plans to open additional lanes on the $125.2 million I-85 widening project between George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) and N.C. 73 (Exit 55), weather permitting. This expansion will open four lanes in each direction to traffic in addition to the new lanes that opened earlier this month from Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to George Liles Parkway.
Crews tonight will start opening lanes on I-85 South, completing traffic control removal by 6 a.m. Thursday, April 24. Work will continue on I-85 North from 9 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday, April 25. Intermittent ramp closures at George Liles Parkway and N.C. 73 will also take place each night.
Because construction activities are ongoing at the interchanges with Poplar Tent Road and N.C. 73, the speed limit on I-85 will remain 55 miles an hour. The entire project should be completed in September.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 983-4171.