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University Pointe Boulevard/I-85 South Bridge - Phase 1
NOTICE: ​​Nighttime detours August 1-6

​Overnight detours will be in place on I-85 August 1-6 as girders are set for the new bridge. Crews will close I-85 South at the bridge construction from 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. on Monday, August 1 and Tuesday, August 2. Preliminary lane closures to prepare for the nighttime work will be installed both nights at 10 p.m. During the closure, southbound motorists will be directed to exit onto eastbound W.T. Harris Blvd., turn right on to U.S. 29 South, then turn right on to the I-85 connector and return to I-85 South.

On Wednesday, August 3, the project contractor will move equipment from the southbound side of I-85 to the northbound side. This work, however, will NOT require the closure of I-85.

Nightly closures will begin along I-85 North from 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 4 to 5 a.m. on Friday, August 5. Northbound I-85 will also be closed on Saturday, August 6 from midnight until 7 a.m.

The detour plan for I-85 North will direct northbound motorists using Exit 42 (U.S. 29/N.C. 49), turn left on to U.S. 29 North, turn left on to westbound W.T. Harris Blvd., then a right turn back to I-85 North. 

Weather and other types of delays could add days to this closure. For real-time travel information on state-managed roads, highways and interstates, please call 511, visit theTraveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.​

​​​​​​​​​​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? All lanes on I-85 are now open. The new roadway will be open from IBM Drive​ to James Martin Middle School starting the week of August 29, 2016.​

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.


  • 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