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University Pointe Boulevard - Phase 1
 
​​NOTICE: Bridge project to close lanes on I-85


Starting on Sunday, May 1, 2016, the University Pointe Blvd. project will close the left lane of I-85 -- both southbound and northbound -- between University City Blvd and W.T. Harris in order to construct a pier in the middle of I-85. The lane closure will be roughly 275 feet long and confined to the area near the bridge work. The left lane in each direction will be closed for approximately two months while the bridge's middle columns are constructed. 

After the bridge columns are complete, the contractor will set girders across the interstate. This work will be completed overnight since it will require intermittent closures on the interstate. Notifications will be sent out prior to the beginning of this work.

For real-time travel information on state-managed roads, highways and interstates, please call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

NOTICE: IBM Drive street closure 

The 8300 block of IBM Drive between Neal Road and Harris Boulevard is closed through 5 p.m. on August 26, 2016. See details and a map here.


​​​​​​​University Pointe Boulevard
This project will build a new bridge across I-85, extending from IKEA Boulevard to IBM Drive.  

What's happened?
Citizens approved real estate and construction funding as part of the 2014 transportation bonds. The project was bid and Council approved a contract with Blythe Construction, Inc. Construction began November 30, 2015.  

What's next? Grading for the new University Pointe Blvd. is under way and will continue through the spring of 2016. Construction on the new overpass over I-85 has started and is expected to​ be complete in early 2017.

Who to contact? 
Dan Leaver, Senior Project Manager 704-336-6388

 
Grant Crago, Construction Inspector, 704-309-6180

 
Mike Carsno, Construction Project Coordinator, 704-432-0414

A Transportation Project

This major roadway transportation project will build a new bridge across I-85, extending from IKEA Boulevard to IBM Drive. This project will provide east-west connectivity between the University Research Park, Belgate/Ikea development and the CATS Blue Line Extension.  It will also provide a secondary access road to James Martin Middle School. This project will construct a grade separation across I-85, but not an interchange.

Objectives:     

  • To create multi-modal travel choices and provide connectivity.
  • To provide access to CATS future Blue Line Extension station at McCullough Drive 
  • To redistribute traffic away from City Boulevard and Harris Boulevard

View the project map.

​Cost:  $17,000,000
Please note this is the funding amount and includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, signalization, permits and landscaping.  Additional funding may be identified after the preliminary design phase. 

The Engineering & Property Management (E&PM) project team will manage the University Pointe Boulevard Project through a four stage process. Click here to learn how City projects are selected, designed and built.

Project Contacts
Dan Leaver, Engineering Project Manager, 704-336-6388
Matt Magnasco, PE, Transportation Project Manager, 704-336-3368