KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina — The final project to widen Interstate 85 between Gastonia and Durham is underway near Kannapolis.
The Independent Tribune of Kannapolis reports (http://bit.ly/1HUbNCL ) that the Department of Transportation began work last month on expanding I-85 from four lanes to eight lanes for nearly 8 miles near Concord and Kannapolis.
Crews currently are strengthening shoulders so they can shift traffic around. The $187 million project includes improving three exits on the stretch and should be finished in summer 2018.
The 8 miles is the final four-lane stretch of I-85 for more than 150 miles through the heart of the state.
Crews say most lane closures and the most disruptive work will take place during the night.
Information from: Independent Tribune, http://www.independenttribune.com