Watch out for lane shifts on Interstate 85 in Cabarrus County beginning this week as construction continues on a widening project.
Crews will be shifting northbound and southbound traffic to temporary pavement as work continues to add two new lanes in each direction over 8 miles, from north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) to north of Lane Street (Exit 63) in Cabarrus County.
This planned lane shifts will be near the U.S. 29/601 interchange (Exit 58). N.C. Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to use caution in this area.
The shift for northbound motorists is scheduled to be in place by 6 a.m. Monday. The shift for southbound travelers is scheduled to take place by 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The temporary lanes will be in place for at least a year.
The widening project will complete the expansion of I-85 through the county, according to N.C. DOT.
Improvements also are planned for interchanges at U.S. 29/601 (Exit 58), Dale Earnhardt Boulevard (Exit 60) and Lane Street (Exit 63).
Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms