Traffic detoured around Charlotte's I-85 to "temporary" freeway

| 6/24/2002

Drivers traveling on I-85 through Charlotte will be detoured onto a "temporary" freeway starting this weekend. The three-quarter-mile stretch will carry traffic for the next 18 months while road crews build an interchange with I-485.

The eight-lane detour in west Charlotte will run parallel to the highway. Northbound traffic will be shifted to the detour freeway beginning Saturday, June 22. Southbound traffic will be moved in mid July.

The temporary interstate will pass beneath I-85 west of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. After all temporary lanes open, the freeway will be demolished and rebuilt with two bridges so I-485 can be built underneath.

Once reconstruction of I-85 is complete, the detour highway will be demolished. The new interchange will have six bridges, two loops and eight ramps when it opens in early 2004.