CONCORD, N.C. -- It s the day thousands of drivers thought might never come.

NCDOT crews plan to open additional lanes on I-85.

Two lanes will open in both directions this weekend. The lanes will open on the seven-mile stretch from Exit 49 to Exit 55.

Friday night, crews will open the northbound lanes. They ll open the southbound roadway on Sunday morning.

The widening is part of a larger project that includes the completion of Interstate 485 by December.

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