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NCDOT to Permanently Close a Portion of the Belmont Road Extension in Davidson County

Motorists will encounter traffic pattern changes as construction progresses on the northern segment of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project in Davidson County. The N.C. Department of Transportation today permanently closed the Belmont Road Extension between the I-85 South on ramp and a proposed cul-de-sac turnaround south of Old Salisbury Road (Old U.S. 29 70 South) in both directions. NCDOT expects impacts on traffic in the area to be minimal.

The road closure is part of the long-term effort underway to widen I-85 to create four lanes in each direction. NCDOT broke ground in the fall of 2010 on the southern segment of the project, which involves replacing eight bridges and widening 3.3 miles of I-85. The northern segment extends the reach of the interstate widening 3.8 miles from north of N.C. 150 to just north of I-85 Business. Work on both phases is concurrent and should be complete by May 2013. When completed, the project will help to reduce congestion, improve safety and ensure that this important piece of the region’s transportation system meets the needs of drivers into the future.

For more information on both phases of the $201.5 million project, visit
www.i-85yadkinriver.com. To receive instant updates on traffic pattern changes, construction-related congestion and project milestones, follow NCDOT’s I-85 Twitter feed, http://twitter.com/NCDOT_I85.

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