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NCDOT Makes Progress on I-85 Corridor Improvement Project in Davidson County

Crews complete significant earthwork around Belmont Road capsa online

The foundation for the new section of Belmont Road in Davidson County is now complete, and motorists traveling through the area can plainly see the impressive progress. The work is part of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project, the state's number-one mobility project.

Throughout the summer, crews used scrapers, dozers and excavators to dig up roughly 400,000 cubic yards of dirt (enough to fill 125 Olympic-sized swimming pools) from portions of the project site and place it in other areas to help create a smooth and balanced surface upon which new pavement will eventually be laid. It will serve as a base for the construction of a new alignment for Belmont Road, as well as new entrance and exit ramps for I-85 to reduce congestion and improve safety at the interchange.

The Northern Segment of the I-85 Corridor Improvement Project involves the complete reconstruction of the I-85 Belmont Road interchange, which includes building a new Belmont Road bridge, and widening 3.8 miles of I-85 to four lanes in each direction. NCDOT broke ground in October 2010 on the Southern Segment of the project, which will replace eight bridges, widen 3.3 miles of I-85 and reconstruct the N.C. 150 interchange. Work on both segments is concurrent and will be complete in 2013.

For more information on the project, visit www.i-85yadkinriver.com or follow NCDOT's I-85 Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/ncdot_i85.

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