Both Ends to the Middle

The I-85 widening project in Cabarrus County, North Carolina involved the widening of approximately eight miles of aging and deteriorated interstate highway, with complete replacement of all pavement and six bridges. Since the new lanes will be in what is currently the median, providing access for construction was a major challenge. This article describes the unique and simple solution that was used to overcome the access challenge. A temporary bridge with median access ramps was constructed that offered unimpeded access to the existing median, while also improving safety, minimizing traffic impacts, reducing stress on existing peripheral infrastructure, accelerating the project schedule, and reducing cost of construction through increased efficiency. The project, begun in 2011, is scheduled for completion in 2014.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 26-27, 29
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489373
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2013 11:17AM