More than 60,000 cars and trucks drive on I-85 near the Yadkin River in Davidson and Rowan counties every day. That number is expected to grow to 112,000 vehicles per day by 2025.
Those numbers show how critically important this stretch of interstate is not only to motorists but also to businesses that rely on this route to transport goods from point A to point B efficiently. That's why the N.C. Department of Transportation is making major improvements to I-85 in this area. By replacing eight bridges and widening more than seven miles of interstate, NCDOT will reduce congestion, improve safety and ensure this vital piece of the region's transportation system meets the needs of today's traveling public.
NCDOT invites you to visit this website often for the latest updates on construction work, traffic detours and project milestones.
The northern segment of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project will widen 3.8 miles of I-85 to eight lanes (four lanes in each direction) from just north of N.C. 150 to just north of I-85 Business in Davidson County. The project also includes reconstructing the I-85 interchange at Belmont Road.
In January, the N. C. Department of Transportation awarded the $65.5 million contract to conduct this work to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc./Austin Bridge & Road LP, A Joint Venture. Construction began in the spring of 2011 and final completion is scheduled by late summer 2013.
The funding for this project came from the N.C. Mobility Fund, which Gov. Bev Perdue signed into law in June 2010 as part of the state's budget. The Mobility Fund will generate $173 million through 2014 for transportation projects that meet statewide or regional needs. The funding comes from unused gap funds and reductions in the amount of money transferred from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund. The Northern Segment of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project is the first project to receive support from this new revenue source.