State crews are scheduled to begin work this week on a pair of long-range projects that could affect traffic on Interstate 85 in north Charlotte and on Albemarle Road in east Charlotte.
The N.C. Department of Transportation says work will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday on the two exit ramps from northbound I-85 to Mallard Creek Church Road. The work is expected to be completed by Oct. 25.
Lane closures are possible from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays so crews can widen the ramps and add left-turn lanes for motorists leaving I-85 for Mallard Creek Church Road. The existing concrete islands on Mallard Creek Church Road will be widened and extended to enable left turns.
Crews will also be able to work at night or on weekends with DOT approval.
The Albemarle Road work is planned at Cabarrus Road, and it is scheduled from 9 a.m. Monday until Nov. 8.
Crews will be adding a left-turn lane on Albemarle Road east of Cabarrus Road, and they will also widen the right westbound lane on Albemarle Road. Those changes are designed to allow safer U-turns for motorists.
In addition, a traffic signal will be installed on westbound Albemarle Road, approaching Clear Creek Elementary School. Concrete islands will be installed to separate turn lanes from the regular travel lanes.
Work is permitted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and at night or on weekends with DOT approval.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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