N.C. Department of Transportation contractors must close a portion of I-85 between Lane Street and Exit 68 next week for construction of the new Pine Ridge Road Bridge as part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project.
“The contractor is building a more efficient bridge to accommodate modern-day traffic volumes,” said NCDOT Resident Engineer Kelly Seitz.
The northbound direction of the highway will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. starting on Tuesday, Feb. 6, through Thursday morning, Feb. 8. The southbound direction of the highway will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m. starting on Friday, Feb. 9, through Saturday morning, Feb. 10.
Law enforcement officers will be stationed to help detour traffic around the closure along U.S. 29 and Lane Street.
Overall, the project involves replacing and rebuilding several bridges over I-85 to meet current design requirements and increase the clearance height of the structures for larger vehicles traveling along the highway.
The department 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. The work will complete the expansion of I-85 through those counties. Without these improvements, traffic volumes are predicted to increase each year and exceed highway capacity by 2035.
The entire project is scheduled to be complete by December 2019.
Transportation officials remind motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.