Traffic shifts tonight in Concord

  • Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 8:59 a.m.

The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing for changes on the 6.8-mile I-85 widening project in Concord. Beginning at 9 p.m. tonight, the department and contractor Lane Construction will shift traffic to new northbound lanes between Poplar Tent Road (Exit 52) and N.C. 73 (Exit 55), approximately three miles.

To prepare for the shift, the contractor will repaint pavement and lane markings, reset the barrier wall, and install signs advising motorists of the new traffic pattern. In addition, the exit ramp from I-85 North to George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) will be closed during the shift to ensure a safe transition to the new lanes. The ramp will reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday, March 7. Crews will also close the entrance ramp from George Liles Parkway to I-85 North until 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 5.


The project includes widening I-85 from four to eight lanes from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) in Cabarrus County, and converting the existing interchanges at Poplar Tent Road and N.C. 73 to diverging diamond interchanges. The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

Notice about comments:

Salisburypost.com is pleased to offer readers the ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. Salisburypost.com cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not Salisburypost.com. If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Full terms and conditions can be read here.

Do not post the following:

  • Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
  • Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
  • Personal attacks, insults or threats.
  • The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
  • Comments unrelated to the story.