DOT Crews Remove Construction Barrels Along I-85 Corridor

Posted September 11, 2006 7:19 a.m. EDT
Updated November 10, 2006 9:36 a.m. EST

— With barrels and cones moved aside, all eight lanes of the Interstate 85 corridor in Durham are open for the first time in more than 10 years.

Since 1996, state Department of Transportation crews have been working on the $270 million stretch of roadway that runs about five miles from N.C. Highway 70 to U.S. 15-501.

"We replaced a total of 16 bridges. We've got noise walls. We've got a median planter with trees growing," said DOT engineer Aaron Earwood. "We've got retaining walls, concrete pavement, four to six lanes in each direction, new water and sewer lines through each corridor."

The project, however, still is not complete and will require more work. But DOT officials said lane closures would be limited to nighttime and that all lanes should be open during the day.

The completion date is set for December.