To prepare for the opening of the area’s next diverging diamond interchange, the state will close N.C. 73 over Interstate 85 west of Concord from 9 a.m. Friday to 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.
Friday morning wrecks
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to wrecks in the 6 a.m. hour on North Graham Street at 7th Street uptown; at Thrift Road and Freedom Drive; on Tuckaseegee Road at Ashley Road; and on Mount Holly-Huntersville Road at Hambright Road.
Work to complete Interstate 485 in northeast Mecklenburg County led to the permanent closure of a road and the opening of another one this week.
Benfield Road Extension opened on Thursday, while Docia Crossing Drive closed permanently between Johnston-Oehler/DeArmon roads and the entrance to Prosperity Park Shopping Center, the Charlotte Department of Transportation announced.
Prosperity Crossing Drive will provide the connection between Benfield Road Extension and the remaining blocks of Docia Crossing Drive. That will allow access to the Bi-Lo and Circle K stores and medical office buildings.
Access to the shopping center is also available from Johnston-Oehler Road.
The $1.7 million Benfield Road project also will include a new road to connect the intersection to the I-485 on/off-ramp in the Prosperity Village area.
Prosperity Church Road business owners told the Observer last month that the construction, combined with the changing of part of their road’s name to Docia Crossing Drive, has hurt their bottom line.
Beatties Ford Road closure extended
In other road news, the N.C. Department of Transportation is extending a closure on Beatties Ford Road over Richardson Creek in Charlotte through Nov. 9, weather permitting.
The department closed the bridge site June 20 and originally scheduled to open the road Sept. 18.
During construction, crews were to relocate a waterline that, on design plans, conflicted with replacing a culvert for the existing bridge, DOT spokeswoman Jen Thompson said. Once work got further along, the waterline was found not to be in conflict, so the relocation was no longer required.
Attention then shifted to relocating a sewer line in a conflicting location, but a utility pole first had to be moved before that could occur, Thompson said. That issue resulted in work being delayed, she said.
Also, the contractor was notified of improper erosion control and other measures needed to minimize environmental impacts, Thompson said. These two instances further delayed the project five weeks.
A detour remains in place along Beatties Ford Road, Sunset Road, Reames Road and Lakeview Road.