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I-85 construction holds holiday delays in store

Posted November 25, 2008
Updated November 26, 2008

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— The state Department of Transportation will suspend most highway construction projects that could affect travel over the Thanksgiving holiday – with the exception of one.

Interstate 85 in Vance County near Henderson is reduced to one lane in each direction for eight miles from mile markers 206 to 214 as crews work to finish a project there for the winter.

DOT officials are urging motorists to avoid the area, if possible, to help ease expected congestion and are offering a 43-mile detour that they say could be faster.

Motorists traveling I-85 north are encouraged to take Interstate 40 East to Interstate 540 East to U.S. Highway 64 East to Interstate 95 North.

Motorists traveling I-85 South are encouraged to take I-95 South to U.S. 64 West to I-540 West to I-40 West.

Boyd Tharrington, a DOT project engineer, says the project – the first rehabilitation of the roadway in more than 30 years – is desperately needed.

The project, which entails repairing potholes and pavement failures and laying down 11 inches of concrete, was expected to be completed by Nov. 15, but now an early-December deadline is more likely.

Tharrington said the work will continue through the Thanksgiving holiday not only to ensure it is complete for holiday travelers in December but also so that it will be ready for any winter weather.

The northbound lanes of I-85 are closed, and the southbound lanes are divided with concrete barriers, creating a lane in each direction.

Both directions of the interstate will reopen until mid-March, when work on the southbound lanes is scheduled to begin.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 26, 2008

    Our incompetent DOT at work.

  • Bob Sidel Nov 26, 2008

    "Avoid the area if possible? NCDOT, you really crack me up."

    youre probably one of the idiots that will still take this route and then blame the DOT for holding you up.

  • PaulRevere Nov 26, 2008

    Avoid the area if possible? NCDOT, you really crack me up.

  • nandud Nov 26, 2008

    "Why not take US-1 instead? hi_i_am_wade"

    Agreed. I have to go that way today to my mom's in Southside VA. There is no way I'm going all the way to Rocky Mount to get on 95. I'll either go US1 or sit in traffic.

  • discowhale Nov 25, 2008

    I'm thankful that I don't have to drive through there.

  • hi_i_am_wade Nov 25, 2008

    Why not take US-1 instead?

  • BIGDAWGShouse Nov 25, 2008

    they have been working on this part of 85 since 2000

  • whatelseisnew Nov 25, 2008

    I think we should sell I-85 to South Carolina.