Governor in Rowan Thursday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 26, 2011

N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue will be in Rowan County on Thursday to make an announcement regarding the second phase of the Interstate 85 project in Rowan and Davidson counties, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced today.
Earlier this month, state officials said they would award a contract within weeks for the second phase of the project.
The announcement will take place at a construction site on Jacobs Lambe Lane off Long Ferry Road, where the state is currently building a new stretch of interstate and a new bridge over the Yadkin River.
The first phase of the project will replace several bridges, including the two nearly 60-year-old spans on Interstate 85 over the Yadkin River, and widen about 3 miles of the interstate adjacent to the bridge. The state awarded a $136 million contract last May and the work is expected to be finished by early 2013.
The second phase of the project will include the widening of about 3.5 miles of I-85 in Davidson County and the reconstruction of the Belmont Road interchange. State officials have estimated a cost of around $130 million.