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.
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
- Daugherty Road, Pine Ridge Road and N.C. 152 over I-85 bridges are currently under construction with reopening scheduled in Fall 2017
- 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. This interchange is currently in the design phase
Project News Releases
- Currently, no recent news releases.
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 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
||I-3802B design-build contract awarded
||March 2, 2016
| I-3802B right of way acquisition
||I-3802B construction starts
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
July 14, 2016, public meeting:
Louis Mitchell, P.E.
Highway Division 10 Engineer
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For I-3802A information:
Consultant Project Manager
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Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.