Local News
5:08 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Final Link Of Charlotte's Outer Loop Highway Almost Completed

After more than 20 years of construction, I-485 is expected to be completed within three months. The final link is a five-mile section in northern Mecklenberg County. 

Nat Hunter, the resident engineer overseeing the project says that it will be completed between late May and mid-June. The section will be an eight-lane highway that connects I-77 to I-85. 

According to Hunter, the road's completion date depends on the weather. The cold temperatures and precipitation have made it difficult to grade and pave the road. 

Local News
12:36 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Charlotte Regional Transportation Board Considers Options For I-485

Members of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization's board meet at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, February 18, 2015.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Area leaders are one step closer to deciding whether to open an extra lane on I-485 in south Charlotte. There’s an extra lane of pavement on both sides of the newly-widened section of I-485 between I-77 and Rea Road. The state Department of Transportation opened the highway in December, nearly two years ahead of schedule. The plan had been to keep those lanes closed until the next section of widening is complete, at least four years from now. But many people have complained that it’s silly not to use the extra lane until then.

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Local News
4:43 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

NCDOT Says It's Up To Regional Transportation Board To Open Another Lane On I-485

Traffic backs up on I-485 just before 5 p.m. on January 14, 2015. The extra asphalt is on the inner shoulder. It's marked off with orange barrels.
Credit Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

Interstate 485 in south Charlotte is now one lane wider in both directions. But there’s enough new pavement on the highway to open an additional lane on both sides. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it’s up to a local board to decide whether to open those lanes sooner than was originally planned.  

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5:29 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Widening Of Southern Stretch Of I-485 To Begin This Spring

Those who regularly battle traffic on the southern stretch of I-485 have some good news.  The interstate will grow to three lanes in each direction by the end of 2015.  That’s a full year ahead of schedule. 

The southern section of I-485 from I-77 to Rea Road can be a headache at rush hour.  Tim Timmerman knows it well since he lives nearby. 

“It’s bumper to bumper and your fair share of bumper jumpers and little accidents and everything,” says Timmerman.   

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