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More lane shifts begin this week on I-85 in Cabarrus

More traffic shifts are coming to Interstate 85 in Cabarrus.
More traffic shifts are coming to Interstate 85 in Cabarrus. Photo courtesy of the N.C. DOT

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

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