Dr. Traffic

Traffic shifts coming on I-85 in Cabarrus County

Andy Mock takes a bike for a ride from the Charlotte B-cycle station at Freedom Park.
Andy Mock takes a bike for a ride from the Charlotte B-cycle station at Freedom Park. mmccloy@charlotteobserver.com

Watch for traffic shifts on Interstate 85 in Cabarrus County beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The changes also will affect the U.S. 29/601 interchange.

Crews will shift traffic onto temporary pavement at the interchange from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday. Work will resume at 9 p.m. Friday and continue until 6 a.m. Saturday, according to N.C. Department of Transportation.

Two new temporary intersections with traffic signals will open to ease travel on and off of I-85 at the interchange. Three temporary ramps also will be in place, according to NCDOT:

▪ Motorists traveling north on I-85 will use Ramp C to access U.S. 29/601 North and South.

▪ Motorists traveling north and south on U.S. 29/601 will use Ramp B to access I-85 South.

▪ Motorists traveling north and south on U.S. 29/601 will use Ramp D to access I-85 North.

Traffic on I-85 North will be shifted onto a temporary road between exits 58 (U.S. 29/601) and 60 (Dale Earnhardt Boulevard) from 9 p.m. Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday. Work will resume from 9 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday. This shift will allow crews to build a new road within the median.

Traffic on I-85 South will shift in the same area from 9 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Sept. 16 and again from 9 p.m. Sept. 16 until 6 a.m. Sept. 17.

The I-85 widening project will add two lanes in each direction from Exit 55 (N.C. 73) to Exit 63 (Lane Street). Several interchanges also will be upgraded. The $197 million project is scheduled to be completed in late 2017.


On average, 329 pedestrians and 108 bicyclists have been involved in crashes over the last five years locally.

Residents in Charlotte can get involved this week to help make the streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians by helping with the Charlotte Bike and Ped Count.

Organizers say the count is for anyone who wants to see smarter growth and safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists.

Volunteers will count pedestrians and cyclists from 7-9 a.m. Thursday and from 1-3 p.m. Saturday in uptown Charlotte. Bring a clipboard and a pen.

Documenting the number of people who are biking and walking and monitoring how those numbers change over time will help the Transportation Choices Alliance identify and prioritize locations for future bike and pedestrian amenities. The alliance is a coalition of individuals and organizations.

For information about this week’s counts, contact Jordan Moore jordan.moore@sustaincharlotte.org or 704-910-7558.

Plaza Midwood

Expect lane closures and other restrictions at The Plaza and Plaza Walk Drive in east Charlotte for about two weeks beginning Friday.

Two of four lanes will be closed each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., possibly slowing traffic to and from uptown.

Left turns from The Plaza will be prohibited, but motorists will be able to make right turns into and out of The Plaza, according to NCDOT. When traveling on Plaza Walk Drive, use Majeed Drive as an alternate route.

Crews are working to improve safety in the area by restricting left turns onto The Plaza, according to NCDOT.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms