N.C. 86 Bridge Northbound Lane Remains Closed, Pending Repairs

Bridge repairs may not be completed until the end of June

Thursday, June 1, 2023
Photo of barricaded northbound lane on N.C. 86 bridge
The N.C. 86 bridge over Interstate 85 sustained damage May 31 when a tractor trailer struck it. The northbound lane remains closed.

The northbound lane of the N.C. 86 bridge over Interstate 85 in Hillsborough is expected to be closed for several weeks.

A steel support for the bridge under the northbound lane sustained damage from a traffic accident that occurred May 31, 2023, when a tractor trailer carrying construction equipment struck it. Both lanes of travel across the bridge were closed after the accident.

After further inspection, the North Carolina Department of Transportation determined that it was safe to open the southbound lane. The bridge will remain closed to northbound traffic with a signed detour directing drivers to use I-85 North to Exit 170 and then travel on I-85 South to Exit 165.

NCDOT is scheduling repairs. As of noon June 1, NCDOT’s estimation of repair completion was June 30. Check for the latest information.

The bridge also sustained damage in September 2022 when a tractor trailer crashed into it and burned. The bridge was closed for several days while repairs were made and inspected.