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I meant to ask this earlier, but what is the progress of the resurfacing of 85 above China Grove? I remember there being one-lane closures promised in the stretches leading up towards the Triad.

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On 11/12/2019 at 10:18 PM, Eightane said:

I meant to ask this earlier, but what is the progress of the resurfacing of 85 above China Grove? I remember there being one-lane closures promised in the stretches leading up towards the Triad.

It was down to two lanes in each direction when I drove through this weekend.

 

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Could be wishful thinking, but looks like they’ve FINALLY started the 485 @ Weddington Rd interchange. 

They’ve taken down some trees and appeared to be clipping power lines.

 

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Dale said:

Could be wishful thinking, but looks like they’ve FINALLY started the 485 @ Weddington Rd interchange. 

They’ve taken down some trees and appeared to be clipping power lines.

 

 

 

I think that exit will be 485 express lanes only exit and entrance.   LONG overdue. 

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1 hour ago, KJHburg said:

I think that exit will be 485 express lanes only exit and entrance.   LONG overdue. 

Works for me. Now, if I want to go east, I can only go by way of a convoluted and often time-consuming route.

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went back through the new interchange at Hwy 16 and Mt Holly Huntersville Road.  I got 2 red lights this time but they were very short and I got to see people making left turns, right turns and straight on Hwy 16 at the same time.  This time I had my camera with me and there were no backs up at 11 am today when I rolled back into town.

This interchange is easy to understand if you can read the signs.

 

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^Why is there such a difference in pavement thickness between the express lanes and normal travel lanes?

Should it not be level all the way across? I have heard drivers complain about that on local TV reports. It does seem dangerous for drivers when entering and exiting the express lanes.

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On 11/16/2019 at 6:24 PM, KJHburg said:

Took these photos today of the southbound 77 express lanes and the lanes are supposed open TONIGHT.

https://www.wcnc.com/article/traffic/remainder-of-i-77-express-lanes-to-open/275-e99a1eec-4aed-43c6-b429-9c15bfcfd3df

 

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These Lanes did NOT open last night. They did open sometime today (at least northbound). There is still MUCH work that needs to be done on the extortion lanes and the general purpose inadequate lanes. I hope the state continues to fine the company $30K/Day until all work is completed.

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1 minute ago, KJHburg said:

From what Channel 9 said today they are continuing to be fined every day since they are not completely complete with the project.  

That's great news!

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The Fines levied against Cintra will be Staggering at first.  They probably have Several Months of Paving and Punchlist work to finish in order to be completed with this entire I-77 Project.  I'm sure that some of the fines will be negotiated down.  If not - I expect Cintra to recoup those Liquidated Damages by adjusting Toll Rates.  Either way Drivers ultimately get screwed.

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Matthews news: at last check, Matthews voted to delay widening John St for a further five years. John St is already a perpetual parking lot. And I fear the effect of the delay will be to keep properties along that stretch blighted. I’m talking about the stretch between 485 and Potter Rd.

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