SALISBURY – State transportation officials have given the green light for a project that will improve driving conditions on Interstate 85 in Rowan County.
The N.C. Department of Transportation recently approved a $16.3 million contract to have Blythe Development Co. of Charlotte rehabilitate the concrete pavement and perform bridge preservation work along 10.8 miles of I-85. Once complete, motorists on the I-85 corridor through Rowan County will have a smoother ride along with new pavement markings and reflective markers to improve safety for the traveling public.
The work will take place in two sections: from the U.S. 29/601 connector in China Grove to U.S. 601 in Salisbury, and from south of U.S. 52 in Salisbury to north of Long Ferry Road in Spencer.
The contractor can begin working as early as July 8 and is expected to be finished by June 1, 2021.
This work will take place under varying lane closures, including spans of up to two weeks when traffic will be reduced from four to two lanes in either direction while concrete slabs are replaced.
NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit in the work zone.