State transportation officials are preparing to open the next of the Charlotte area’s diverging diamond interchanges, and that will mean the closure of N.C. 73 over Interstate 85 this weekend.
The new interchange, which takes traffic onto the opposite side of the road and eliminates the need for left turns at traffic signals, is scheduled to open Monday morning on N.C. 73 over the interstate highway west of Concord.
To prepare for the opening, DOT officials say they will close the N.C. 73 overpass from 9 a.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday.
Motorists exiting I-85 in either direction will be permitted to make only right turns on N.C. 73. Detours will be posted west of I-85 on Kannapolis Parkway and east of I-85 on George Liles Parkway and Poplar Tent Road.
The first fully operational diverging diamond interchange opened last month on Poplar Tent Road at I-85. Two others are under construction – on Mallard Creek Road at I-485, and on Catawba Avenue at I-77. The Catawba Avenue interchange is partly operational.
The new interchange on N.C. 73 is part of the $125.2 million I-85 widening project.