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August 6, 2014

I-485 reopened after Duke Energy repairs

Interstate 485 reopened after a 10-minute closure that allowed Duke Energy to make electrical repairs Wednesday.

Interstate 485 reopened after a 10-minute closure that allowed Duke Energy to make electrical repairs Wednesday.

A construction accident about 1 p.m. near Highway 51 caused the shutdown at 5 p.m. The repair work closed all lanes of northbound and southbound traffic.

Duke Energy put out this statement about the incident:

"It was important for us to take immediate action to make the repairs. We received a priority call at 1:28 p.m. today that constructions crews working to widen I-485 in Charlotte had hit some of our electrical equipment. Crews were dispatched. When we arrived on scene, we determine it was a primary neutral electrical line had been pulled down.

A neutral provides a pathway for stray voltage. Without the pathway, customers could experience power fluctuations or, in the worst cases (and we haven’t received any reports of this happening) shocking hazards.

Because of the potential safety issues, we made the prudent decision to repair the line as quickly as possible. Per our process, we contacted the highway patrol and begin working to bring in equipment and prepare the area for the repairs.

This is time intensive work, and unfortunately, when everything was ready to make repairs, it was already rush hour."

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