CONCORD, N.C. — Construction on a new flyover bridge at an entrance to Concord Mills is expected to resume on January 2. The project will close the entrance until the bridge is complete, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
- The Concord Mills entrance closest to I-85 will close January 2 at 7 p.m. and remain closed until the bridge opens in fall 2020
- Two-lane flyover bridge will provide a better connection between I-85 and the mall, improving traffic flow
- Full completion of the project is currently scheduled for summer 2021
The closure will begin on January 2 at 7 p.m. at the entrance across from Kings Grant Pavilion, which is the entrance closest to I-85. The NCDOT says, currently, the bridge is scheduled to be opened to traffic in the fall of 2020 and fully completed by the summer of 2021.
“The roadwork enhancements are intended to provide a long-term solution to traffic and parking needs to ensure the best experience for our shoppers, visitors, and neighbors,” said Ray Soporowski, general manager at Concord Mills. “We are giving the city and the North Carolina Department of Transportation our full cooperation to streamline this process and have the work completed and all entrances to Concord Mills back open as soon and as safely as possible.”
According to a release by NCDOT, traffic will be impacted as follows:
- Westbound traffic on Concord Mills Boulevard will be shifted toward the outside shoulder and the two left turn lanes into the entrance will be closed to allow for bridge work in the median.
- Shoppers will also not be able to access Concord Mills Boulevard from this entrance/exit during the work.
- Lane configurations on the boulevard, however, will remain the same – with two westbound lanes and two eastbound lanes open to traffic.
- While this entrance is closed, shoppers can use the other front entrances at Bexley Way and Thunder Road or the back entrance at Carolina Lily Lane to access the mall.
The two-lane flyover bridge will replace the existing turn lanes on Concord Mills Boulevard at the mall entrance, which will improve traffic flow by providing a better connection between I-85 and the mall. NCDOT says the $10.2 million contract was awarded in January 2018.