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DOT To Begin Improving New Section Of I-85 In Durham County Monday

Posted July 1, 2003 11:12 a.m. EDT

— The state Department of Transportation will begin improving 2.1 miles of Interstate 85 from east of Cole Mill Road to west of Broad Street in Durham County on Monday, July 7.

The improvements will include widening this section to eight lanes, adding auxiliary and ramp lanes, replacing several bridges and improving some area roads.

During construction, motorists can expect lane closings, various detours and delays. Two lanes of traffic in each direction will remain open on I-85 during peak travel times (6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday), and during holidays and holiday weekends.

The $66.6 million project has been awarded to Granite Construction Company of Roswell, GA, and is expected to be complete in early 2007.

The work is part of the ongoing project to widen 9.7 miles of I-85 from the Orange/Durham County line to north of Midland Terrace Road and east of Cheek Road on U.S. 70.

Motorists are subject to a $250 fine for exceeding the speed limit in the work zone.