NCDOT to shift I-85 traffic in Davidson County
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will take the next step forward Monday morning in a project to replace the bridge that carries I-85 Business North over Rich Fork Creek near Lexington. Crews will temporarily shift northbound traffic onto the I-85 Business South bridge. The move will allow them to demolish the existing northbound bridge and build a new one in its place.
The traffic shift is expected to be complete by Monday afternoon, but depending on weather, it could take until Tuesday morning to finalize. Traffic will remain in this pattern until the new bridge opens in March 2014.
Once the traffic shift is complete, the I-85 Business South bridge will carry one lane of northbound traffic and one lane of southbound traffic. Motorists traveling north on I-85 Business will follow a temporary lane paved in the median to the I-85 Business South bridge. After crossing the southbound bridge, they will follow a temporary lane paved in the median back onto I-85 Business North. I-85 Business South traffic will not be affected.
While the temporary traffic pattern is in place, NCDOT will reduce the speed limit on the highway to 45 miles per hour through the work zone. Drivers caught exceeding the speed limit will face a $250 fine. In addition, vehicles more than 15 feet wide will be prohibited from crossing the bridge. They must follow the signed detour route.
Motorists can avoid the area by taking I-85. The department encourages drivers who choose to travel through the work zone to go slow, pay attention to construction-related signs and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.
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