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I-85 Widening & Improvements

Project Overview

The N.C. Department of Transportation is adding four travel lanes (two in each direction) to an 8-mile stretch of I-85 in Cabarrus and Rowan counties to improve traffic flow in the area.

The project consists of two different sections:

  • Work on the first section (I-3802A) stretches from north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) to north of Lane Street (Exit 63) in Cabarrus County and ends just north of Moose Road in Rowan County.
  • The second section (I-3802B) begins just north of Moose Road and ends just north of the Old U.S. 29/U.S. 601/I-85 Connector in Rowan County. It includes interchange improvements to N.C. 152/I-85 (Exit 68) in Rowan County and to the N.C. 152/U.S. 29/U.S. 601 Connector in Rowan County. Work also includes building a new interchange at mile post 65 for Old Beatty Ford Road.


The work will complete the expansion of I-85 through Cabarrus and Rowan counties. Without these improvements, traffic volumes are predicted to increase each year and exceed capacity by 2035.

Project Timeline

North of N.C. 73 in Cabarrus County to North of Moose Road in Rowan County

Project Timeline Table
​Milestone​Date
​Project funding approved​Jan. 6, 2006
​Environmental document approved Dec. 30, 2013​
​Right of way acquisition begins April 8, 2014​
​Design-build contract awardedApril 8, 2014​
​Construction beginsSpring 2015​

North of Moose Road to Old U.S. 29/U.S. 601/I-85 Connector in Rowan County

Project Timeline Table
​Milestone​Date
​Project funding approved​Jan. 6, 2006
​Environmental document approved Dec. 30, 2013​
​Design-build contract awardedMarch 2, 2016​
​Right of way acquisition beginsMarch 2, 2016
​Construction startsFall 2016
​Reconstruction completed on Daugherty Road Bridge August 2017
​Reconstruction completed on Lentz Road Bridge September 2017
​Reconstruction completed on Pine Ridge Road Bridge May 2018
​Traffic shifts to median lane for north of Moose Road to Old U.S. 29/U.S. 601/I-85 Connector December 2018
​Construction completed on Old Beatty Ford Road Bridge May 2019
Interchange opens at Old Beatty Ford Road​ December 2019
​Lanes open from north of Moose Road to Old U.S. 29/U.S. 601/I-85 Connector December 2019
​Work completed Summer 2020

*Future dates subject to change

Contact

Jeff Littlefield, P.E.

Resident Engineer
Highway Division 10 - Cabarrus and Stanley counties

615 Concord Road
Albemarle, NC 28001

11/21/2018 12:11 PM