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REGIONAL: Paving work will temporarily close Concord interchange

N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will temporarily close U.S. 29/601 over Interstate 85 just after midnight Monday and Tuesday night, weather permitting. Crews will be paving the diverging diamond interchange over the highway that opened last year.

The diverging diamond is a design that allows two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of the road, providing easier access to I-85. Similar interchanges have been in operation for several years along I-85 at Poplar Tent Road and N.C. 73.

To safely complete the work, U.S. 29/601 will be closed on both sides of the highway from midnight to 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. All ramps will remain open.

Southbound traffic will be detoured onto I-85 South to Exit 55 where drivers can exit, go over the bridge and access I-85 North back to Exit 58. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto I-85 North to Exit 60B (Dale Earnhardt Boulevard).Drivers will then go over the bridge to I-85 South, to return to Exit 58.

Motorists are encouraged to pay attention when approaching the work zone, follow posted detours and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.