Design-Build Contract Awarded
After reviewing contractor proposals and opening bids in September 2018, the N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a design-build contract to Blythe Construction Inc., of Charlotte.
Construction is scheduled to start in summer 2019, with the roadway expected to open to traffic in 2022.
The design-build concept helps NCDOT complete projects faster by allowing the design, environmental permitting, right of way aquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place under one contract. That helps NCDOT lower cost inflation, lessen environmental impacts and, by completing a project faster, reduces construction driving delays for drivers.
Traffic Noise Report Completed
NCDOT has completed a Traffic Noise Report that details the study of 34 locations along the project corridor to determine if noise walls would be feasible and reasonable. Of these, 21 locations met the criteria and were identified as preliminary noise wall locations.
For questions about a specific location, call the project hotline at (800) 254-0498 or send a message.
As NCDOT continues to design the project, the project team will conduct additional analysis and public outreach before making a final decision about where to install noise walls.
Environmental Document Approved
The federal Categorical Exclusion document has been signed for the I-485 Express Lanes project. This document provides information on design alternatives considered for the project as well as potential impacts on social, economic and natural environmental resources, and satisfies the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.
Preferred Alternative Selected
NCDOT, in coordination with the Charlotte
Regional Transportation Planning Organization, area municipalities and
local/regional planning agencies, has selected the design – referred to
as the Preferred Alternative – which includes the location of direct connectors and access points for the I-485 express lanes project.
connectors – exit and entrance ramps directly connecting express lanes
and cross streets – would be installed at Johnston Road and Westinghouse
Access points – locations where vehicles can enter
and exit the express lanes – will be designed to allow adequate time for
drivers to safely drive in and out of the express lanes.