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I-85 Widening Rowan Co, NC
Owner: North Carolina Department of Transportation
Location: Cabarrus and Rowan Counties, NC
Project Cost: $140 million
Project Type: Highways & Bridges | Procurement Type: Design-Build
State: North Carolina | Status: Ongoing
With traffic volumes in Cabarrus and Rowan counties predicted to increase each year and already exceeding capacity, this construction project was a necessity.
Widening and improvements will complete the expansion of a busy segment of I-85 connecting the Greensboro and Charlotte metropolitan areas in North Carolina.
Scheduled for completion at the end of 2018, The Lane Construction Corporation is widening 5.9 miles of I-85 to an 8-lane facility from north of Lane Street to north of the US 29/US 601 Connector. Four travel lanes (two in each direction) will be added to improve traffic flow in Cabarrus and Rowan counties.
Nine bridges required replacement, rehabilitation, or removal. Construction of the US 29 bridge spanning railroad tracks mandated close coordination with Norfolk Southern Railway and the North Carolina Railroad. Creative overpass phasing solutions were implemented to protect existing rail operations and right-of-way.
Known for expertise in complex interchange construction, the Lane team implemented improvements at the NC 152 and US 29/US 601/NC 152 interchanges. These two innovative interchange concepts reduced impacts and cost while improving traffic operations.
Safe and efficient travel through the work zone has been facilitated by a comprehensive Traffic Management Plan and use of a temporary median access ramp.
Benefits/Positive Aspects to Community:
- Increased roadway capacity and reduced delays for motorists
- Improved traffic operations at local intersections due to modifications of existing loops