Road construction in Mallard Creek around the new stretch of Interstate 485 – a $139.5 million project – is in full swing and will change the traffic patterns for motorists in the area.
So far, construction is on schedule.
“It appears we’ll be finished on our contract time, which is December 2014,” said Gary Eudy, an assistant resident engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation and a project manager for the I-485 construction.
But he’s not making promises. “As always, bad weather or bad luck could play into that,” he said.
While it will take at least two more years to complete the 5.7-mile stretch of highway that will complete the I-485 loop, the surrounding roads in Mallard Creek are on their own timetables. Odell School, Ridge and Mallard Creek roads are all being moved.
Several changes, mostly involving those roads, will be happening in the new year:
Planners didn’t forget about nature: An amphibian reserve has been installed on Ridge Road near Beard Road. An underground pipe that will reach from there to the old Mallard Creek Road will soon be placed for amphibians to travel to the reserve safely.
“The tough thing,” Eudy said, “is to get them to read to go across the pipe.”