ALERT: Detours for I-85 Bridge Project

- There will be overnight detours on I-85 this week while a bridge is built over the interstate.

The City of Charlotte's University Point Boulevard project will create an additional connectivity over the interstate and provide alternatives to the heavily traveled W.T. Harris Blvd. and University City Blvd., according to the NCDOT.

Griders for the new bridge will be set over I-85 Ikea Blvd. to IBM Dr., near University City Blvd. 

Crews will close I-85 South at the bridge construction from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, and Tuesday, Aug. 2. Preliminary lane closures to prepare for the nighttime work will be installed both nights at 10 p.m.  

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

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the project contractor will move equipment from the southbound side of I-85 to the northbound side. This work, however, will not require the closure of I-85.

Nightly closures will begin along I-85 North on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5. Northbound I-85 will be also be closed on Saturday, Aug. 6, from midnight until 7 a.m.

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.

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