I-85 detours planned in Charlotte next week for new bridge project

Overnight detours are planned on Interstate 85 in Charlotte next week as part of a new bridge project.

Crews will close I-85 to set girders for a new bridge over the interstate from Ikea Boulevard to IBM Drive, near University City Boulevard. Bridge girders are support beams that help support the bridge deck.

The bridge will provide an alternate to heavily traveled W.T. Harris Boulevard and University City Boulevard, Charlotte transportation officials said.

Here is next week’s I-85 closure schedule:

▪  Crews will close I-85 South at the bridge construction from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday and Tuesday//A1-2. Preliminary lane closures to prepare for the nighttime work will begin at 10 p.m. both nights.

While I-85 South is closed, southbound motorists will be directed to exit onto eastbound W.T. Harris Boulevard, turn right onto U.S. 29 South and then turn right onto the I-85 Connecter to return to I-85 South.

▪  On Wednesday, the project contractor will move equipment from the southbound side of I-85 to the northbound side. I-85 will stay open as that happens.

▪  I-85 North will be closed 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Thursday and Friday. and midnight-7 a.m. Saturday.

The detour plan for I-85 North will direct northbound motorists to use Exit 42 (U.S. 29/N.C. 49), turn left onto U.S. 29 North, turn left onto westbound W.T. Harris Boulevard, then a right turn back to I-85 North.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak