Final Leg Of I-485 Opens

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 CHARLOTTE, NC — The final section of Charlotte’s outer loop will open Friday, just in time for the evening rush hour.

Crews spent the day Thursday putting the final touches on the 5.7 mile stretch of I-485 in northeast Charlotte.  It connects Old Statesville Road to I-85.

“This section of roadway will help free up some traffic down on WT Harris Boulevard because of having to go around, and also Prosperity, the folks that sit over on Eastfield in the afternoon and in the mornings going to work, they’ll be able to come down,” said project superintendent Sampson Parker.

Parker says the road will open between 3 and 4 o’clock Friday afternoon.  It completes the 67 mile outer loop.  The speed limit is 70 miles per hour.