SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Drivers who travel through the work zone for the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project will encounter a short closure next week while crews place beams for construction of a new bridge at N.C. 152 in China Grove.
A small section of I-85 North at the N.C. 152 interchange will close overnight from midnight until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and Wednesday, Oct. 11.
"Following the installation of the beams contract crews will build a more efficient bridge to accommodate the interstate widening," said Division 9 Resident Engineer, Kelly Seitz.
Law enforcement will be stationed at the closure and will detour motorists around the work along I-85 North and the U.S. 152 interchange.
Overall, the project involves:
-Replacing and rebuilding several bridges over I-85 and eliminating substandard clearances,
-Adding four travel lanes (two in each direction) to an 8-mile stretch of I-85 to improve traffic flow,
-Completing the expansion of I-85 through Cabarrus and Rowan counties.
"Without these improvements, traffic volumes are predicted to increase each year and exceed capacity by 2035," said Division 9 Board Member Michael Wells Sr.
The entire project is scheduled to be complete by November 2019.