– This week, N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will close a section of Westinghouse Boulevard between Rodney Street and Old Nations Ford Road to safely start partial demolition of the Interstate 485 overpass. The work is part of the $346 million I-485 express lanes project
that will add an express lane in the median and deliver additional corridor improvements along Interstate 485 between I-77 and U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard).
Travel lanes on this section of I-485 were recently shifted to the median, so the demolition will be focused on the outer portion of the bridge on the outer loop. Traffic on I-485 will not be impacted.
The staged demolition will allow construction of new bridges with a large offset between them to provide a direct connection to the future express lanes.
The demolition will require closing Westinghouse Boulevard just after midnight Wednesday, opening by 5 a.m. Thursday. The closures will take place at the same time on Thursday and Friday nights.
A detour will be in place for drivers from Westinghouse Boulevard to South Boulevard, N.C. 51 and Downs Road.