Winston-Salem - The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $108 million contract to build the final section of the I-85 widening project from north of Lane Street (Exit 63) to north of the U.S. 29/601 Connector, modify the N.C. 152/ U.S. 29 Interchange; and replace two bridges on N.C. 152 over the over the Norfolk Southern Railway in Rowan and Cabarrus Counties.
Work on the 5.9 mile section of the project can start as early as March 28. Work should be completed with all lanes open to traffic by December 2018, almost half a year ahead of schedule.
"Once complete, the project will improve safety and provide congestion relief for motorists on I-85 for years to come," said Division 9 Engineer Pat Ivey.
"This project will complete the long-planned and much-needed widening of I-85 from Greensboro to Charlotte," said Division 9 Board Member Jake Alexander. "All North Carolina travelers, especially those of us in Rowan County are looking forward to the completion of this project."
The $108 million contract was awarded to The Lane Construction Corporation of Cheshire, CT.
An adjacent project is underway along I-85 in Cabarrus County that will widen an 8-mile section of the highway in neighboring Division 10.