Traffic shift begins Thursday night on I-85 in Davidson County

  • Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:19 a.m.

In the early morning hours Friday, motorists will begin traveling on the newly constructed outside lanes of I-85 North from the I-85 Business off-ramp to the northern end of the project in Davidson County. The traffic shift will start on Thursday, March 28, at 8 p.m. and end on Friday, March 29, by 6 a.m. The shift will complete the transition of traffic to the new outside lanes for the entire length of the project in the northbound direction.

To move traffic safely and efficiently, crews must close lanes on I-85 North, as well as several ramps, including:

The entrance ramp from I-85 North to I-85 Business (Exit 87); and

The Linwood exit ramp from I-85 North (Exit 88).

The ramp closures will not take place at once. They will occur one after another during the traffic shift period, starting with the I-85 Business entrance ramp. The closures will be lifted as soon as work allows.

Motorists traveling on I-85 North who want to access I-85 Business during the closure should exit the interstate at the Linwood Exit (Exit 88), turn left onto Hargrave Road and take the I-85 Business North entrance ramp.

Motorists traveling on I-85 North who want to access Hargrave Road during the Exit 88 closure should exit onto I-85 Business (Exit 87), then take the first exit (Exit 84) and proceed straight on Hargrave Road.

Moving traffic onto the new outside lanes of I-85 is a necessary step for the northern segment of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project and will allow crews to begin construction on the new inside lanes of I-85. By late summer, the contractor is scheduled to open the interstate to four lanes in each direction from just north of N.C. 150 to just north of I-85 Business.

The N.C. Department of Transportation encourages drivers to go slow and allow additional time to reach their destinations safely while traveling in the work zone.

This traffic shift is part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project, the state’s top mobility project. NCDOT broke ground in September 2010 on the southern segment of the project, which involves replacing eight bridges, widening 3.3 miles of I-85 from just north of Long Ferry Road (Exit 81) to just north of N.C. 150 and reconstructing the N.C. 150 interchange. The northern segment extends the interstate widening by an additional 3.8 miles from just north of N.C. 150 to just north of I-85 Business and includes reconstructing the Belmont Road interchange. Work on both segments is concurrent and currently scheduled to be complete in late summer.

For more information on both phases of the $201.5 million project, visit To receive instant updates on traffic pattern changes, construction-related congestion and project milestones, follow NCDOT’s I-85 Twitter feed,

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