COPY-Feds approve grant for I-85/Yadkin River Crossing project

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Federal officials have given the go-ahead to start construction on the Interstate 85/Yadkin River Crossing project between Greensboro and Charlotte.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it has reached an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  The $10 million project will be financed through Recovery Act funds.

The grant is from the U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program.

The TIGER grant will be used to widen 3.3 miles of I-85 and replace the narrow and deteriorating I-85 and US 29/70 bridges over the Yadkin River connecting Rowan and Davidson counties.

This section of interstate is used by thousands of motorists and is the most direct interstate route between Atlanta and Richmond.

Once the improvements are made, officials anticipate it will lead to a future increase of 45 percent in freight and passenger rail speeds in the area.

The I-85 Corridor/Yadkin River Crossing project is one of 51 projects that are being funded by TIGER grants totaling $1.5 billion.

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