Contract crews will close East John Street under Interstate 485 Wednesday and Thursday nights as part of the Interstate 485 express lanes project
underway to add an express lane and deliver additional corridor improvements along Interstate 485 between I-77 and U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard).
The closures are needed to safely set girders for the median section of the widened bridges on the highway’s inner and outer loop over East John Street.
Closures will be in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, weather permitting. Drivers exiting the inner or outer loop will be detoured along East John Street/Old Monroe Road and Pleasant Plains Road/Trade Street, returning to East John Street.
The project will also include these improvements:
• Adding one general purpose lane in each direction of I-485 between Rea Road and Providence Road
• Widening the bridge carrying Ballantyne Commons Parkway over I-485 in Charlotte
• Improving the interchange at John Street in Matthews
• Building an interchange at Weddington Road in Matthews
The State of North Carolina will own the I-485 express lanes. The N.C. Turnpike Authority and the N.C. Department of Transportation are leading the planning, construction, and maintenance of the lanes. All tolling, account management and toll collection customer service will be administered by the Turnpike Authority.
Drivers should be mindful of crews working in this location and allow extra time to reach their destination.