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    Project Fast Facts
    • Status: Projects Under Construction
    • Counties: Cabarrus, Rowan
    • Type of Project: Interstate widening with interchange improvements
    • STIP Number: I-3802A, I-3802B
    • Estimated Cost: $297.14 million
    • Property Acquisition Start: April 2014 (I-3802A); Spring 2017 (I-3802B)
    • Construction Start Date: Spring 2015 (I-3802A); Fall 2016 (I-3802B)

    How a Diverging Diamond Interchange Works

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    I-85 Widening and Improvements in Cabarrus County

    Project Overview and Purpose

    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.

    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 Highlights

    Overall, the project involves replacing and rebuilding several bridges over I-85 to meet current design requirements and eliminate substandard clearances.

    Work on the first section (I-3802A) in Cabarrus and Rowan counties includes:

    • Widening the I-85 interchange with Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, modifying existing loops, building new loops and providing additional full-access intersections in the area
    • Replacing the Lake Fisher Bridge on Brantley Road in Kannapolis
    • Realigning Winecoff School Road in Concord and Kannapolis and eliminating the existing street-level railroad crossing
    • Converting the existing interchange at U.S. 29/601 to a diverging diamond interchange, which allows two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of a road

    Work on the second section (I-3802B) in Rowan County includes:

    • Redesigning the U.S. 29/N.C. 152 interchange to increase traffic capacity, reduce delays and to accommodate the removal of the U.S. 29/U.S. 601 Connector with I-85
    • Redesigning N.C. 152/I-85 interchange for better access from U.S. 29 to I-85
    • Replace Daugherty Road, Pine Ridge Road, Lentz Road and N.C. 152 bridges over I-85.
    • N.C. 152 bridges over U.S. 29 and North Carolina Railroad are scheduled to begin summer 2017
    • I-85 median work is currently under construction along the corridor
    • A new interchange “Old Beatty Ford” at mile marker 65 will be constructed with three bridges over I-85 and Cold Water Creek.

    New Traffic Patterns for U.S. 29/N.C. 152 and I-85/N.C. 152 Interchanges

    Beginning Aug. 12, 2017, a temporary traffic pattern will begin at the N.C. 152 and U.S. 29 interchange. As a result, the existing N.C. 152 westbound ramps and eastbound loop access to northbound U.S. 29/I-85 will close.

    In addition, the ramp to east N.C. 152 from U.S. 29 will close. Drivers can access I-85 northbound from a new ramp located at the I-85/N.C. 152 interchange.

    Once the traffic pattern is in place, U.S. 29 North Connector to I-85 northbound will permanently close. Both east and westbound N.C. 152 can be accessed via a loop ramp.

    Project News Releases

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    Public Involvement

    NCDOT held a public meeting in China Grove on July 14, 2016, at which time NCDOT representatives received feedback from the community and answered questions about the proposed improvements.

    The materials distributed at the meeting are available below for review.

    A public comment period on the proposed improvements ended July 28, 2016.

    All comments - regardless of how they are submitted - will be reviewed by the NCDOT project team - including planners, engineers and right-of-way agents as well as representatives from the Federal Highway Administrative, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

    Project Timeline

    Milestone Date*
    Project funding approved Jan. 6, 2006
    Environmental document approved Dec. 30, 2013
    I-3802A right of way acquisition April 8, 2014
    I-3802A design-build contract awarded April 8, 2014
    I-3802A construction starts Spring 2015
    I-3802B design-build contract awarded March 2, 2016
    I-3802B right of way acquisition March 2, 2016
    I-3802B construction starts Fall 2016

    * Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

    Project Documents

    July 14, 2016, public meeting:

    Contact Information

    Jeff Littlefield, P.E.
    Resident Engineer
    Highway Division 10 – Cabarrus and Stanly counties
    (704) 983-4380
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    615 Concord Road
    Albemarle, NC 28001

    Khaled Alakhdar
    NCDOT Design-Build Engineer
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    Kelly Seitz, P.E.
    Resident Engineer
    Highway Division 9 – Rowan County
    (704) 630-3220
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    4770 S. Main St.
    Salisbury, NC 28147

    For I-3802A information:
    David Gourley
    Consultant Project Manager
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    For I-3802B information:
    Will Moody
    HDR, Inc.
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    Resources for Local Property Owners

    Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.