The state plans to close one lane of southbound Interstate 85 in northern Mecklenburg through June as part of work on a new interchange with I-485.
The right lane of I-85 S at mile marker 47 will be closed starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday, barring bad weather, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Two lanes of the interstate will remain open to traffic.
The lane closure will help contractors build a new ramp to connect the I-485 Inner Loop to I-85. Work on the new $92.2 million interchange has been underway since fall of 2010 and should be completed in June 2014, according to the NCDOT.
Crews are building a turbine interchange, which will allow drivers to switch from Interstate 485 to I-85 without having to slow down much. The interchange looks like a bunch of swirls and doesn’t have lots of stacked bridges like many major interchanges typically do.