Last segment of 1-485 will open June 5

May 13, 2015

After 27 years of construction, the last piece of Charlotte’s outerbelt will be finished and open for traffic on Friday, June 5, the N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday.

That means a motorist can soon drive an entire 67-mile circle around the city. The last 5.7-mile segment will finish Interstate 485, connecting N.C. 11 with Interstate 85.

The state hoped to open the highway in December, but the contractor, Blythe Construction, wasn’t able to finish the work early. The project had to be finished by late July, according to the contract.

Steve Harrison, originally featured on Charlotte Observer – read full article here.