CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The State Department of Transportation has encountered some new delays in finally completing the last leg of 1-485 where it will join I-85.
DOT spokesperson Jennifer Thompson said, “Unfortunately, we did run into some utility problems, so we are behind, and also some of the permits we had to acquire at the outset put us a few months behind schedule.”
Beginning Tuesday night at 10 p.m., construction crews will pass a milestone by beginning the process of setting the huge new beams that will support the on and off ramps from I-85 south to I-485.
That work will continue each night until 5:00 a.m. through this coming Saturday, December 7.
The construction zone has been the center of major traffic snarls that have forced may local resident in the Concord area to find back roads.
“You avoid it on Sundays around Concord Mills, but by and large it’s been going smoother than I really expected it to,’ said area resident Shawn South.
Part of the project includes the first so called “turbine” interchange that will link I-85 to I-485.
It will feature long, sweeping ramps that will allow drivers to merge without significantly having to slow down.
While the time line for construction has been set back a bit, the project is on budget, projected to be $92 million, and the hope is it will all be done by December of next year.