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Old 07-12-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Work remains on schedule to replace the Yadkin River bridge on Interstate 85. The $136 million project is due to be completed next year. It is part of a larger effort to expand I-85 to eight lanes in Rowan and Davidson counties. The existing bridge was built more than 50 years ago and is considered among the most dangerous in the Southeast.

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Yadkin River bridge construction on schedule (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...tting-new.html - broken link)

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Old 07-12-2011, 12:56 PM
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Location: Upstairs closet
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I grew up in a mill village home within several hundred yards from that bridge, I remember them dynamiting the road bed leading up to the bridges when I was a little tot.

I have heard, and I say again heard, that one of the major road contractors in this state has stated, publicly, he would not cross that bridge, nor would he send his crews across it.

I dunno.
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Old 07-13-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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You think that they will have completed on time. LOL
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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I hate hate hate driving that section of 85. WITH A PASSION. The combo of heavy truck traffic and 2 lanes makes it super dangerous. I just drove it recently and saw 3 accidents almost occur. I have to travel between greenville sc and raleigh frequently and I've started going up 25 to 64 in NC and getting on 40 in hickory just to avoid it. And the best part, from my house it only adds a few miles but I feel worlds safer.
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:44 AM
 
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Due to the congested two lanes on I-85 and this bridge, I usually just take NC 49 to Asheboro and I-73/74 up to the Greensboro area to I-85. The bridge does look really dangerous. I'll be glad when it's finished.
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:16 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Many parties will be relieved when the entire project is complete. It will help make a drive easier from Charlotte to Greensboro.
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Old 07-17-2011, 04:35 AM
 
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Why the NC DOT decided to expand the highway in Salisbury rather than the bridge first or from Exit 49 to points northward is a head scratcher. In 1995, I commuted from Greensboro to Charlotte (UNCC) and noticed the increasing traffic volume back then; other than high growth areas in Wilmington (Brunswick County) and Raleigh, it was evident this stretch of road should've been the state's priority to widen. What a mess it's gonna be for 3-5 years.... a mess.
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Old 07-17-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
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Why the NC DOT decided to expand the highway in Salisbury rather than the bridge first or from Exit 49 to points northward is a head scratcher. In 1995, I commuted from Greensboro to Charlotte (UNCC) and noticed the increasing traffic volume back then; other than high growth areas in Wilmington (Brunswick County) and Raleigh, it was evident this stretch of road should've been the state's priority to widen. What a mess it's gonna be for 3-5 years.... a mess.
Oh that is an easy one. NCDOT!!!!!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Carrboro and Concord, NC
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This can't happen soon enough. I-85 6-or-8 lanes from the SC state line through Durham is the eventual plan, that long stretch from Concord Mills to CHina Grove needs work - and soon - as well.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:41 AM
 
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According to the NCDOT's Construction Progress Update on its website, widening the 6.8-mile stretch from Concord Mills north to NC 73 (Davidson Highway) is 10% done and will be complete before Thanksgiving 2013 if current estimates stay on time (I know, a big assumption given NCDOT's record). That still will mean roughly 13 miles south of Salisbury will remain two lanes both directions, and when they expand is anyone's guess.
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