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4/15/2014: NCDOT Will Temporarily Close A Section of Poplin Road In Union County For Bridge Replacement

NCDOT Will Temporarily Close A Section of Poplin Road In Union County For Bridge Replacement

Posted 4/15/2014 11:23:30 AM

CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close Poplin Road over South Fork Crooked Creek in Indian Trail at 9 a.m. Monday, April 21, weather permitting. A $1.6 million contract was awarded earlier this month to Blythe Construction Inc. to replace the existing bridge.   While the bridge is closed, motorists will be detoured from Poplin Road to Rocky River Road to Unionville-Indian Trail Road back to Poplin Road. The contractor should have the bridge open to traffic by November 15. Reforestation and vegetation establishment can continue through May 14, 2015.   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 www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/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. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.   For more information, please contact the division bridge program manager at (704) 983-4400. 
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4/11/2014: NCDOT Awards Contract to Widen I-85 from north of N.C. 73 to north of Lane Street in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties

NCDOT Awards Contract to Widen I-85 from north of N.C. 73 to north of Lane Street in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties

Posted 4/11/2014 2:42:03 PM

CHARLOTTE – In a continuing effort to improve mobility across North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Transportation this week awarded a $187 million contract to Blythe  Construction Inc.  to widen approximately 8 miles of I-85 from four lanes to eight lanes from north of N.C. 73 (Exit 55) to north of Lane Street (Exit 63) in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties. This project will complete the interstate’s expansion through Cabarrus County, providing a greater level of service for local and through traffic.   The project will include improvements at the interchanges with U.S. 29/601 (Exit 58), Dale Earnhardt Boulevard (Exit 60) and Lane Street (Exit 63). The existing at-grade rail crossing on Winecoff School Road in Kannapolis will also be eliminated.   Before construction can start next spring, the contractor needs to secure the required permits. The project is scheduled to be completed in December 2017.   The contractor was one of three design-build teams to make technical presentations about its plans for the project. Each team received a technical score that was taken into account when determining the winning contractor.   The I-85 widening project is a design-build project, which allows its design, environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocation and construction to take place at the same time under one contract. This method reduces overall construction time, helps the department avoid cost inflation, allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens environmental impact and alleviates driving delays for motorists.       ***NCDOT***
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4/11/2014: NCDOT Announces Public-Private Partnership Project to Improve I-77 Traffic Flow in Charlotte Area

NCDOT Announces Public-Private Partnership Project to Improve I-77 Traffic Flow in Charlotte Area

Posted 4/11/2014 11:30:40 AM

Raleigh – The N.C. Department of Transportation announces the apparent successful bidder for its first Public-Private-Partnership (P3) contract to improve the traffic flow along 26 miles of I-77 in the Charlotte area, one of the most congested roadways in the state.   P3 contracts are an innovative way of leveraging new funding sources to lessen the financial impact to the state and help complete projects sooner through investments by a private firm.  Following a required bidding process, and pending final review, it appears Cintra Infraestructures, S.A. will construct the I-77 project through a joint venture with F.A. Southeast, W.C. English, and the lead design firm of The Louis Berger Group.   Cintra, a world-wide leader in managed lanes projects, estimates the total project cost at $655 million. Cintra will  invest the majority of that in return for toll revenue generated from the managed lanes. NCDOT will contribute $88 million for the project, which is significantly less than the $170 million it had projected.   The agreement is expected to be signed in June, with construction beginning as early as this December. The project is expected to be complete in 2018.   “We are excited to take this significant step forward and address a critical need,” said NCDOT Chief Engineer Mike Holder. “Innovative funding solutions like this one are vital to keep up with growth and infrastructure needed to strengthen the economy despite declining transportation revenue from traditional sources.”   About Managed Lanes   Managed lanes give drivers a choice to pay a toll to avoid waiting in traffic, while helping ease congestion on the free, general-purpose lanes for other drivers.The proposed I-77 project includes converting the current High-Occupancy-Vehicle (HOV) lanes, which already exist along I-77, and adding capacity to the roadway. The existing HOV lanes and new lanes will be High-Occupancy managed lanes that allow free use for eligible carpoolers (three passengers or greater), buses, and motorcyclists, while allowing other drivers to pay a toll to use those lanes. Tolls will vary to control the number of vehicles in the High-Occupancy lanes and help ensure free-flowing traffic even during morning and evening rush hours. The price would be higher during peak periods when demand is greater, and lower during less congested periods. Drivers can still use free, general-purpose lanes to avoid paying a toll. This project will not remove or add any general-purpose lanes. A number of other states including Virginia, Florida, Texas, Colorado and California are already using managed lanes.   Project Details   The project will add capacity to I-77 between Brookshire Freeway (Exit 11) in Charlotte and N.C. 150 (Exit 36) in Iredell County. This portion of the I-77 corridor already experiences significant congestion and projections show a 2-to-3 percent increase in traffic volume is expected every year through 2030.   Improvements will also include a flyover bridge to provide the managed lanes direct access from I-77 to I-277, and the widening of southbound I-77 lanes in some areas. The added lanes will increase capacity through the corridor, improve travel time reliability, improve air quality and better manage traffic flow along I-77.   Cintra has more than four decades of experience as a private developer of transportation projects around the world. Its current projects include locations in Texas, Indiana and Illinois, as well as in Canada, Spain, The United Kingdom, Portugal, Ireland and Australia.   *** NCDOT ****
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4/9/2014: NCDOT WIll Temporarily Close Lanes And Exit Ramp On I-85 North At George Liles Parkway In Cabarrus County

NCDOT WIll Temporarily Close Lanes And Exit Ramp On I-85 North At George Liles Parkway In Cabarrus County

Posted 4/9/2014 3:45:16 PM

CHARLOTTE – Weather permitting, this weekend the N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close the exit ramp from I-85 North to George Liles Parkway (Exit 54) and the two right lanes approaching the exit ramp to safely remove and replace defective concrete on the ramp.   The closure schedule is as follows:   Both northbound lanes and the exit ramp will close at 4 a.m. Saturday, April 12. One northbound lane will open by 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13. The second northbound lane will open by 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. The ramp will remain closed to allow poured concrete to cure. The ramp will reopen by 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 16. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/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. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.   For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 983-4171.
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4/3/2014: NCDOT Prepares To Open Lanes On I-85 In Cabarrus County This Weekend

NCDOT Prepares To Open Lanes On I-85 In Cabarrus County This Weekend

Posted 4/3/2014 1:47:28 PM

Four lanes in both directions will open to traffic   CHARLOTTE – Citizens will soon drive on a wider segment of I-85 in Concord as the N.C. Department of Transportation plans to open additional lanes on the $125.2 million I-85 widening project between Bruton Smith Boulevard (Exit 49) and N.C. 73 (Exit 55) this weekend, weather permitting. The project will expand I-85 from two to four lanes in each direction.   Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, April 4, crews will open lanes on I-85 North in the project limits, wrapping up by 6 a.m. Saturday, April 5. Work will continue on I-85 South from 9 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday, April 6.   Intermittent lane closures will continue at night for the next few weeks while crews complete placing permanent lane markings on the roadway. Additional work north of N.C. 73 to the end of the project includes shoulder paving and placing permanent pavement markings, so this smaller segment will be in its final pattern in the coming days. Because of the ongoing work on I-85, the speed limit will remain 55 miles an hour.   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 www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/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. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.   For more information, please contact the resident engineer at (704) 983-4171.   ***NCDOT***
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