NC 86 bridge repair to require I-85 nightly closures beginning Wednesday (Sept. 21)

Work to repair the NC 86 bridge over Interstate 85 near Hillsborough will require nightly closures this week, beginning Wednesday night.

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, I-85 South will be closed underneath the NC 86 bridge from 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, to 7:00 a.m. the following morning (weather permitting) to allow contractors to repair damaged beams. This closure will be repeated the night of Thursday, September 22.

The closures follow a fiery crash in which the State Highway Patrol said the driver in a tractor trailer traveling southbound on I-85, near the exit ramp to NC Highway 86, struck the overpass at 2:22 a.m. last Wednesday, September 14. The tractor trailer was engulfed in flames, and the driver did not survive, according to the State Highway Patrol.

During this time, a detour will guide southbound traffic to use the NC 86 interchange to bypass the closure and get back on I-85.

Daytime work to repair a damaged concrete pillar will require the ongoing closure of the right lane of I-85 South near the bridge.

NCDOT officials estimate the bridge will be reopened late this week or early next week.

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