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NCDOT awards contract for new interchange on the Triangle Expressway

Raleigh, NC – The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded an $18.4 million contract to create a new interchange on the Triangle Expressway at Old Holly Springs-Apex Road. This is the first new interchange along North Carolina’s first modern toll road since its final phase opened in 2013.

The interchange was requested by local transportation planners, and included in the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Long Range Transportation Plan and will improve mobility for current traffic, as well as for much larger volumes of traffic anticipated within the next ten years, as a result of substantial growth/development. Traffic along Old Holly Springs-Apex Road is projected to increase from 1,900 vehicles per day in 2010 to 34,900 vehicles per day in 2035.

Originally featured on Chatham Journal Newspaper – read full article here.


Last segment of 1-485 will open June 5

After 27 years of construction, the last piece of Charlotte’s outerbelt will be finished and open for traffic on Friday, June 5, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

That means a motorist can soon drive an entire 67-mile circle around the city. The last 5.7-mile segment will finish Interstate 485, connecting N.C. 11 with Interstate 85.

The state hoped to open the highway in December, but the contractor, Blythe Construction, wasn’t able to finish the work early. The project had to be finished by late July, according to the contract.

Steve Harrison, originally featured on Charlotte Observer – read full article here.

Cramerton gets new pedestrian bridge across the South Fork River to Goat Island

An 800-ton crane groaned as it lifted a 165-foot-long pedestrian bridge into place across the South Fork River in Cramerton on Tuesday.

The 12-foot-wide, 90,000-pound, prefabricated span connects the eastern Gaston County town’s central business district with a public park on the 30-acre Goat Island.

The bridge is part of a $1.5 million, phase two park development that includes an 18-hole disc golf course, permanent cornhole and pingpong facilities, exercise pavilion, new playground equipment, observation pier and dog park.

By Joe DePriest, Originally featured on Charlotte Observer. Read full article here.


DOT awards contract for I-85 widening in Cabarrus County

The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded the bid to widen another eight-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in Cabarrus County and says construction could begin by next spring.

The $187 million contract was awarded last week to Blythe Construction Inc. of Charlotte. The project will widen I-85 from four to eight lanes from north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) to north of Lane Street (Exit 63) near the Cabarrus-Rowan county border.

Originally featured in Charlotte Observer – read full article here.

By Steve Lyttle


DOT awards contract for next I-85 expansion

CONCORD, N.C. – The N.C. Department of Transportation last week awarded a $187 million contract to Blythe Construction Inc. to widen about 8 miles of I-85 from four lanes to eight lanes from north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) to north of Lane Street (Exit 63) in Cabarrus and Rowan counties.

This project will complete the interstate’s expansion through Cabarrus County.

The project will include improvements at the interchanges with U.S. 29/601 (Exit 58), Dale Earnhardt Boulevard (Exit 60) and Lane Street (Exit 63). The existing at-grade rail crossing on Winecoff School Road in Kannapolis will also be eliminated.

Originally featured on Indpendent Tribune – read full article here.