Power lines fall on I-85, shutting down highways in both directions – WSOC TV

By | November 5, 2023

CHARLOTTE — A vehicle struck power lines near I-85 early Saturday morning, causing the lines to come down on the highway and the road to be closed in both directions.


The incident happened shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday on I-85 near North Graham Street. The highway reopened shortly before 10 a.m.

NCDOT has provided these detours for drivers:

  • Southbound travelers should take Exit 48 (I-485 Outer). Continue on I-485 to Exit 23 (I-77 South). Continue on I-77 South to access I-85 again.
  • Northbound travelers should take Exit 38 (I-77 North). Continue on I-77 North to Exit 149 (I-485 Inner). Continue on I-485 to access I-85 again.

More than 800 customers in north Charlotte are without power, according to the Duke Energy Power Outage Map.

The Channel 9 photographer was stationed at the North Graham Street Viaduct and saw Duke Energy maintenance workers repairing the lines around 8:30 a.m.

Duke Energy estimates power will be restored by 11:30 a.m.

This is a developing story; check wsoctv.com for updates.

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