Observer staff reports
N.C. Department of Transportation will be intermittently closing lanes and ramps on Interstate 85 at N.C. 73 in Cabarrus County beginning Sunday night, weather permitting.
Officials said in order to keep motorists and workers safe during the demolition of the existing bridge, intermittent lane and ramp closures in both directions will be required. The closures will occur from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night through the morning of May 22.
The work is part of the I-85 widening project, turning four lanes into eight for 6.8 miles from south of Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) to north of N.C. 73.
Officials remind motorists to stay alert, watch signs for construction information and obey the speed limit.
According to NCDOT officials:
Sunday: At 11 p.m., crews will close the left lane of I-85 North and South at N.C. 73. At midnight, traffic will be shifted up and over the exit and entrance ramps on I-85 at N.C. 73, and all lane and ramp closures will be removed by 6 a.m. Monday.
Monday: At 11 p.m., crews will close the left lane on I-85 South at N.C. 73. Depending on how much work is completed Sunday night, the north lane of I-85 may also need to be closed at that time. At midnight, traffic will again be shifted up and over the exit and entrance ramps and all closures will be removed by 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Tuesday: At 11 p.m. crews will close the left lane of I-85 North at N.C. 73, at midnight traffic will be shifted up and over the exit and entrance ramps and all closures will be removed by 6 a.m. Wednesday.
For more information: www.ncdot.gov.
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