NCDOT reveal when new I-85 bridge will fully open

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Yadkin River Bridge (NCDOT)

Motorists will soon learn when the new Interstate 85 bridge over the Yadkin River will open.

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata is scheduled to announce Thursday when the new I-85 South bridge over the river will open to traffic. The announcement will come on the bridge itself.

Crews have begun tearing down the old bridge. It was built in 1955, had four lanes and no shoulders. The demolition is expected to be complete by April.

The new bridges have four lanes in each direction and shoulders for broken down vehicles. Only two lanes are currently open, but once I-85 is widened to four lanes in each direction in the spring, all lanes on the bridges will be opened as

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