I-85 ramp reopens in southern Davidson County
Motorists traveling on N.C. 150 in Davidson County can now access I-85 North, after the new ramp opened to traffic Tuesday.
The opening of the new ramp marks the first time that motorists are able to access both directions of I-85 from N.C. 150 since the project began three years ago to replace the Yadkin River bridge.
The N.C. Department of Transportation closed the I-85/N.C. 150 interchange in October 2010 as work got underway on the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project. The original two-ramp interchange limited mobility by only allowing access to I-85 South from N.C. 150, and to N.C. 150 from I-85 North. Crews replaced the interchange with an upgraded one that will improve safety and help traffic flow more efficiently along this critical economic corridor, the DOT reports.
While construction of the new interchange was completed in April, the N.C. 150 to I-85 North ramp remained closed until crews reopened all lanes of I-85 North. The reduced lanes on I-85 North could not accommodate additional traffic merging from N.C. 150.