- The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily detour traffic on I-85 near the U.S. 29/601 interchange (Exit 58) in Cabarrus County as work continues on the I-3802A project to expand the interstate through this region
For two nights in the coming weeks, the contractor for the I-85 widening project will be setting bridge girders for the future U.S. 29/601 dual bridges over I-85. Bridge girders are beams that help support the bridge deck.
Crews will first close I-85 South at the U.S. 29/601 interchange on Friday, July 8, from midnight to 6 a.m. During this time, southbound traffic will be directed to travel up the U.S. 29/601 interchange ramp, cross U.S. 29/601, then travel down the adjacent ramp to re-access I-85 South.
Next, crews will close I-85 North in the same location on Friday, July 15, from midnight to 6 a.m. The detour will require motorists to use the I-85 North ramps to and from U.S. 29/601 to re-access I-85 North.
Motorists are encouraged to slow down, use caution and be mindful of crews working alongside the highway when traveling through the area.
The I-85 widening project is designed to improve mobility on I-85 and its interchanges within the project area. Once the project is completed, there will be two additional general-purpose lanes in each direction on I-85 from north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) to north of Lane Street (Exit 63). Interchange improvements are also planned for I-85 interchanges at U.S. 29/601, Dale Earnhardt Boulevard (Exit 60) and Lane Street.
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