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.
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.
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.
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.