- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) - The final project to widen Interstate 85 between Gastonia and Durham is underway near Kannapolis.

The Independent Tribune of Kannapolis reports (http://bit.ly/1HUbNCL ) that the Department of Transportation began work last month on expanding I-85 from four lanes to eight lanes for nearly 8 miles near Concord and Kannapolis.

Crews currently are strengthening shoulders so they can shift traffic around. The $187 million project includes improving three exits on the stretch and should be finished in summer 2018.

The 8 miles is the final four-lane stretch of I-85 for more than 150 miles through the heart of the state.

Crews say most lane closures and the most disruptive work will take place during the night.

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Information from: Independent Tribune, http://www.independenttribune.com

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