Construction along Interstate 85

From 2015 through 2020, the North Carolina Department of Transportation will be working on Interstate 85 in Vance and Warren counties, potentially affecting students and other visitors driving to our Main Campus and Warren Campus.

Lane closures may take place at any time, but I-85 is not scheduled to be completely closed at any point.

You can track travel conditions at any time by going to, and using either the route or county drop down menus.


The following is a May 12, 2015 news release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation:

Work Underway on 20 Miles of I-85 Improvements in Vance and Warren Counties

Raleigh - Work is under way on a $137.3 million N.C. Department of Transportation project to improve a 20.6 miles of I-85 in Vance and Warren Counties. The contract was awarded to S.T. Wooten Corporation of Wilson.

The project covers the interstate between north of Dabney Road in Vance County and the Virginia state line. It includes grading, drainage, paving, installation of guardrails, and the replacement of bridges on I-85 and preservation work on bridges going over the interstate, including raising the clearance on several of those bridges to create safer conditions for tractor trailers on the interstate.

When completed by July 1, 2020, this section of I-85 will have been updated to current interstate standards to provide safer trips through the area for what is expected to be a rapidly growing traffic volume. The roadway currently handles 37,800 vehicles per day. By 2035, that number is expected to increase to 57,900 vehicles a day.

Phased lane and ramp closures, traffic shifts and detours will take place at different times throughout the project. Additional message boards and traffic cameras have been installed in the project area to help get traffic information to motorists.

To keep traffic interruptions to a minimum as much as possible, the contractor shall not close or narrow a lane of traffic on:

• N.C. 39 when traffic is in a two-lane, two-way pattern between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.; and
• Satterwhite Point Road, including ramps between 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday between Memorial Day & Labor Day

Motorists are advised to use caution when entering the construction areas, and to expect possible delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

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