Gov. Perdue says Yadkin River bridge will open this weekend

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 3, 2012

Gov. Bev Perdue, speaking from the new I-85 bridge over the Yadkin River, says the bridge will open Friday night or early Saturday morning. The bridge connects Rowan and Davidson counties.
A Department of Transportation spokeswoman said last month that would take place in early May.
The new Interstate 85 crossing over the Yadkin is two bridges. The four-lane northbound bridge will be opened to northbound traffic this weekend. In July, two lanes of that bridge will begin carrying southbound traffic and the existing bridges be closed.
The four-lane southbound bridge is scheduled to open in January 2013, according to the Transportation Department’s schedule.
Replacing the 57-year-old I-85 bridge over the Yadkin River is part of a $201.5 million project to realign and widen 7 miles of the interstate in Rowan and Davidson counties and replace a number of bridges along the route.