• Stretch of Interstate 85 in Kannapolis to close for bridge demolition

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    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - A portion of Interstate 85 near Kannapolis will be closed in successive weeks to allow for the demolition of a bridge.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation said a 5-mile stretch of I-85 in Rowan and Cabarrus counties between Lane Street and N.C. 152 will be closed in the northbound lane beginning Thursday and lasting through Saturday.

    The same 5-mile stretch in the southbound lanes will be closed from Sept. 19 through Sept. 22.

    The work is part of the I-85 Corridor project, which involves replacing and rebuilding several bridges over the interstate. It's also adding four travel lanes, two in each direction, to an 8-mile stretch of the interstate in the two counties to improve traffic flow.

    The entire project is scheduled for completion in November 2019.

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