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Southbound I-85 lane to reopen

State transportation officials say they plan to reopen another lane of southbound Interstate 85 on Wednesday night.

And they say it could help the traffic flow in southern Cabarrus and northern Mecklenburg counties.

The lane closure has reduced I-85 -- just south of I-485 in north Charlotte -- to two lanes since Feb. 4, so Lane Construction could remove the existing concrete and restripe the road. That is being done to tie in a new ramp from the inner loop of I-485, which is under construction, to southbound I-85.

With a third lane open, Department of Transportation officials say, engineers expect some relief from the sluggish traffic flow in the area.

Work on the I-485 section, between I-85 and N.C. 115 near Huntersville, is expected to be finished by June 2014. When that is done, the I-485 loop will be complete around Charlotte.

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