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9/20/2014: ***UPDATE*** NCDOT This Weekend Will Open New Conference Drive Bridge In Mecklenburg County

***UPDATE*** NCDOT This Weekend Will Open New Conference Drive Bridge In Mecklenburg County

Posted 9/20/2014 7:07:07 PM

***UPDATE*** Crews have postponed opening the bridge until midnight Tuesday, Sept. 23, weatber permitting. CHARLOTTE –The N.C. Department of Transportation has rescheduled a traffic shift on the Independence Boulevard widening project in east Charlotte. Beginning at midnight Tuesday, Sept. 23, crews will open a new bridge taking Conference Drive over U.S. 74. This is one of three bridges under construction between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane.   Once the Conference Drive bridge is open, the contractor will continue construction on a new bridge taking Idlewild Road over Independence Boulevard. This work will require closing Idlewild Road between Monroe Road and Electra Lane. Motorists will be detoured around the area along Monroe Road and Conference Drive through October 2016.    For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.   For more information on this project, please contact the assistant resident engineer at (704) 845-1151. Project details are also online at the “U.S. 74 Widening and Improvements” project page.   ***NCDOT*
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9/17/2014: NCDOT This Weekend Will Open New Conference Drive Bridge In Mecklenburg County

NCDOT This Weekend Will Open New Conference Drive Bridge In Mecklenburg County

Posted 9/17/2014 1:41:05 PM

With new bridge opening, Idlewild Road will close to traffic     CHARLOTTE – After delays from Mother Nature, the N.C. Department of Transportation has rescheduled a traffic shift on the Independence Boulevard widening project in east Charlotte. Beginning at midnight Sunday, Sept. 21, crews will open a new bridge taking Conference Drive over U.S. 74. This is one of three bridges under construction between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane.   Once the Conference Drive bridge is open, the contractor will continue construction on a new bridge taking Idlewild Road over Independence Boulevard. This work will require closing Idlewild Road between Monroe Road and Electra Lane. Motorists will be detoured around the area along Monroe Road and Conference Drive through October 2016.    For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.   For more information on this project, please contact the assistant resident engineer at (704) 845-1151. Project details are also online at the “U.S. 74 Widening and Improvements” project page.   ***NCDOT***
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9/12/2014: ***UPDATE*** NCDOT Is Preparing To Shift Traffic To New Conference Drive Bridge In Mecklenburg County

***UPDATE*** NCDOT Is Preparing To Shift Traffic To New Conference Drive Bridge In Mecklenburg County

Posted 9/12/2014 2:32:05 PM

***This closure has been postponed due to weather. Another press release will be issued when the closure date has been finalized.*** New structure is part of Independence Boulevard widening project CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is postponing a traffic shift Independence Boulevard widening project in east Charlotte. NCDOT had planned to shift traffic to the new Conference Drive bridge as early as Sunday night, Sept 14, but several days of rain are in the forecast. This is one of three bridges under construction between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane. Once the Conference Drive bridge is open, the contractor will continue construction on a new bridge taking Idlewild Road over Independence Boulevard. This work will require detouring traffic around the area along Monroe Road and Conference Drive through October 2016. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. For more information on this project, please contact the assistant resident engineer at (704) 845-1151. Project details are also online at the “U.S. 74 Widening and Improvements” project page.   ***NCDOT***
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9/5/2014: NCDOT is Preparing To Shift Traffic To New Conference Drive Bridge in Mecklenburg County

NCDOT is Preparing To Shift Traffic To New Conference Drive Bridge in Mecklenburg County

Posted 9/5/2014 10:53:31 AM

New structure is part of Independence Boulevard widening project   CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is approaching a milestone on the Independence Boulevard widening project in east Charlotte as crews prepare to open a new bridge taking Conference Drive over U.S. 74. NCDOT plans to shift traffic to the new bridge as early as Friday night, Sept 12, weather permitting. This is one of three bridges under construction between Albemarle Road and Wallace Lane.   Once the Conference Drive bridge is open, the contractor will continue construction on a new bridge taking Idlewild Road over Independence Boulevard. This work will require detouring traffic around the area along Monroe Road and Conference Drive through October 2016.   For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.   For more information on this project, please contact the assistant resident engineer at (704) 845-1151. Project details are also online at the “U.S. 74 Widening and Improvements” project page.
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9/3/2014: NCDOT Prepares For Traffic Shift On Poplar Tent Road in Cabarrus County

NCDOT Prepares For Traffic Shift On Poplar Tent Road in Cabarrus County

Posted 9/3/2014 3:33:54 PM

  “Diverging Diamond” interchange will be in final pattern next week   CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing to convert Poplar Tent Road over I-85 in Concord to a diverging diamond interchange (DDI), one of two on the $125.2 million I-85 widening project and one of four currently under construction in the Charlotte region.   The DDI moves high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals while providing easier access to an interstate. Other interchanges are nearing completion on I-85 at N.C. 73 in Concord, on I-77 at Catawba Avenue in Cornelius, and on I-485 at Mallard Creek Road in Charlotte.   To prepare for this new traffic pattern, NCDOT and Lane Construction have scheduled the following:   Friday, Sept. 5: At 9 a.m., crews will partially close Poplar Tent Road over I-85. Motorists can only exit I-85 North to Poplar Tent Road westbound until 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., Poplar Tent Road will completely close over I-85 until 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8. Over the weekend, motorists wishing to exit I-85 North and South to Poplar Tent Road will be restricted to right turns and will not be able to cross over I-85. George Liles Parkway is the recommended alternate route.   Monday, Sept. 8: At 6 a.m., crews will open the DDI in its final pattern.  This video shows how traffic flows through the DDI.   NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.   For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the NCDOT traffic website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference.   For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 983-4171.   ***NCDOT***
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