I-485 construction

Local News
12:02 am
Fri April 10, 2015

The State's Domain, Part 2: North Carolina's Map Act

NCDOT sign along a protected corridor
Courtesy of Matthew Bryant

Eminent domain is one of the most powerful tools of government. It allows state and local governments to force the sale of private land for anything deemed of public use or benefit. In return, however, the state is required to pay just compensation.

North Carolina is one of 13 states that allow its Department of Transportation to effectively control private property that may be turned into a road. This means that just compensation may take years, or in some cases, decades. Part 2 of our series, The State's Domain, examines what's known as the Map Act.

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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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Local News
5:10 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

I-485, Unusual Interchanges Should Be Finished By Dec. 2014

A view of a turbine interchange from above

Interstate-485 will finally become a complete loop next year, and some northern sections will feature unusual interchanges. State and federal transportation officials gave that update Tuesday while standing at the edge of one of the interchanges.

The rain didn't keep Davis Diggs and Gary Eudy from showing off how their babies are almost all grown up.

"We're standing at the border between Gary's project and my interchange," Diggs said. On one side, there's concrete road, and on the other, paved dirt.

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