2727-E Old Concord Road  -  Salisbury, North Carolina  28146-8388
Voice: 704-216-8900  -  Fax: 704-216-8921

This Page was last Updated on Monday, November 16, 2009 22:07

Home EMS Fire RC Rescue Squad Homeland Security LEPC Patch Page Photos 'n Such I-85 Widening Project Safe Kids Contents Pats on the Back EM Director CERT TRAINING 20th Annivesary Photos News










This web page is provided by the Emergency Services Department of Rowan County, telephone (704) 638-0911. It's purpose is to keep motorists and residents advised of progress and problems associated with the Interstate road project in Rowan County. If you have questions or comments regarding the web site or the project, please contact us via email or via telephone. This page will be regularly updated and revised as the five year plus project continues.

(29 Apr 99)---New detour maps are now available on the web site in case of traffic delays or mishaps during the construction phase.  These eight new maps were made available by Jo Ann Oerter, Traffic Operations Planning Engineer, with the NC Department of Transportation Division of Highways.

(17 Feb 99)---The video camera monitors at four locations in Rowan County are now operational.  The Changeable Message Signs in the Northbound and the Southbound Lanes are also in operation, and the I-85 widening project has now been approved for the Davidson County Section of roadway between the Yadkin River Bridge and the I-85/Business I-85 split according to Division 9 Traffic Engineer John Davenport.

85-work.jpg (18451 bytes) Work was begun in September 1997 on widening an aging section of Interstate 85 where the road passes through Rowan County, North Carolina, between Greensboro to the north and Charlotte to the south. This project, which will be broken up in several phases, has begun at the southern end of the project at the Intersection of I-85 and NC-152 (Exit 68) near China Grove, and it eventually will continue northward to a point just south of the Yadkin River north of Long Ferry Road (Exit 81). bridge.jpg (29171 bytes)Another project, under consideration but not yet funded, will continue the work northward into Davidson County where the existing six-lane Interstate merges with Business-85. This project, if funded, would likely include a new I-85 bridge over the Yadkin River and redesign of the I-85/US-29/NC-150 interchange just north of the river.

For current information on the work area, motorists should tune their AM car radio to 1610 kHZ for the NC-DOT Highway Advisory Radio broadcasts. There are two transmitters operated 24-hours-per-day at locations just north and south of the work area. Prominent signs along the Interstate also remind motorists of the broadcasts.

Current work includes paving areas to the outside of the present lanes and bridge work at the Julian Road bridge.  This bridge is expected to be opened in the spring of 2000.  The picture at the right shows work in mid March at the Julian Road interchange.   Paving on internal lanes is underway from NC-152 to Webb Road. Also, a two-sided guard rail has been installed in the median of the highway during the initial work are of the project...from NC-152 northward to near Peeler Road.  A cable barrier has been installed for the remainder of Rowan County from the Yadkin River southward to the county line and beyond.

Plans call for much of the initial work on the project to be carried out between the hours of 8PM (2000) until 6AM (0600) so as to minimize traffic disruptions. The contractor is also obliged to maintain two lanes of traffic in both the north and southbound lanes during the work. This will, however, necessitate closing the breakdown lane on the outs85lot.jpg (26787 bytes)ide of the travel lanes and there will be no room to the inside of the travel lanes as well.

NC-DOT has contracted with a wrecker service as part of the project to quickly tow cars involved in accidents or which are broken down to an accident investigation area at an off-ramp at Peach Orchard Road (Exit 73) to minimize major backups of traffic due to these incidents.

For Additional Information, Click on the Following:

Current Work In-Progress

Highway Advisory Radio Broadcasts

Speed Limits/Enforcement

Highway Incident Management

Exits and Interchanges

Detour Routes

Telephone Numbers

Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP)

Smile, You're on Candid Camera




Return Home



This site and other Rowan County Government Sites are provided through a partnership between Rowan Public Library and Rowan County Information Systems