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Portion of I-85 Closing Temporarily This Weekend for Electrical Work

Rolling roadblock, lane closures in place during early hours of Sunday, Feb. 21

Charlotte - A portion of Interstate 85 near the South Carolina line will close temporarily this weekend while crews with the City of Kings Mountain pull power lines across the highway.

Starting Sunday, Feb. 21, at midnight, Kings Mountain Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol will begin a rolling roadblock for both north- and southbound traffic on I-85 just north of mile marker 5 (Dixon School Road). A rolling roadblock slows down traffic and will allow cables to be pulled across the road. The cables will later be used to pull the power lines across the highway. The I-85 North on-ramp at this location will also be closed during this process, which should take about 30 minutes.

Once the cables are up and across the road, law enforcement will allow one lane of traffic to begin flowing in each direction and will reopen the I-85 North on-ramp.

Starting at 12:30 a.m., Kings Mountain Energy Services will use the cables strung across and above the highway to safely pull the electrical distribution lines over I-85. This work is expected to last until 5 a.m., when all lanes will be reopened to traffic.

The NCDOT's Metrolina Regional Transportation Management Center will use the digital message signs installed over the interstate to alert motorists of the upcoming work.

NCDOT asks that motorists traveling through the area on Sunday morning follow the direction of law enforcement and be prepared to slow down or stop.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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4/16/2018 4:30 PM

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