I-485 paving begins, lane closures coming

Crews have started paving the new lanes of Interstate 485 near N.C. 51 as the North Carolina Department of Transportation continues widening the congested section of highway between Interstate 77 and
Ballantyne.

Crews have already paved a portion of the new lanes on Interstate 485 in south Mecklenburg. Drivers will see some lane closures in the next few weeks as crews move forward.

Crews have already paved a portion of the new lanes on Interstate 485 in south Mecklenburg. Drivers will see some lane closures in the next few weeks as crews move forward.

An additional lane in both directions is being added between I-77 and Rea Road and the lanes should open for traffic in late 2014. Brady McKenzie, a traffic engineer for the state, said crews should be able to pave all the way down to Johnston Road by December if the weather complies. Drivers also will see some lane closures around Johnston Road in the next few weeks, as crews place a barrier on the right shoulder from Johnston to McMullen Creek in November to start work on an auxiliary lane that will stretch from Johnston Road to N.C. 51 on the inner loop. There also will be lane closures on the inner and outer loop between Johnston and Rea roads in November, and the highway may be shut down completely for 30-minute periods between midnight and 5 a.m. in December as crews place girders for the Johnston Road flyover.

Once the new lanes are open, crews will repave and repair the old lanes, McKenzie said.

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