Crews upgrading part of Interstate 85 Business Loop

Mar. 25, 2014 @ 01:18 PM

Work is underway on an N.C. Department of Transportation project to improve Interstate 85 Business Loop in southern Davidson County.

Crews are upgrading the roadway from just north of Interstate 85 at Exit 87 to just south of Salisbury Road at Exit 86. The 2.5-mile section of I-85 Business Loop  will be improved to interstate standards for the future Interstate 285 corridor through the Piedmont.
The project will involve reconstructing shoulders, improving drainage systems, resurfacing travel lanes and realigning Marco Boulevard to accommodate a new southbound exit ramp alignment at Green Needles Road, according to the DOT. In addition, crews will resurface and preserve the bridges carrying I-85 Business Loop over Swearing Creek.
The $7.6 million contract was awarded to J.T. Russell and Sons Inc. of Albemarle. Work is expected to be complete by June 2015.
Crews have begun grading and clearing activities in the vicinity of the Green Needles Road exit and soon will begin shoulder reconstruction, according to the DOT. During the next few weeks, motorists can expect lane closures to begin on southbound I-85 Business Loop.
The posted speed limit in the work zone has been reduced to 55 mph, and motorists are reminded that exceeding the speed can result in a $250 penalty.