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|I-485 62 miles open|
|The Road:||Begins at I-85 near UNC-Charlotte (Mecklenburg County) and ends at NC 115 near Huntersville (Mecklenburg County)||Towns and Attractions:||Mecklenburg Co.: Pineville, Charlotte, Matthews, Mint Hill
Some timeline information comes from the I-485 entry of the Interstate Guide.
The Charlotte Beltway was on the drawing board as early as the mid 1970s. However, the first use of the number 485 came when AASHTO approved a request to assign 485 on the beltway from I-77 Pineville east and north to I-85 near UNC-Charlotte.
The first segment of today's I-485 to open was from NC 51 northwest to US 521 (now just Pineville Rd) in 1990.
In Feb 1991, the freeway (built and unbuilt) from I-77 Pineville east to US 74 Matthews was approved as FUTURE I-485.
In late 1994 (per Matt Steffora), I-485 was extended both directions to be open from I-77 to Rea Rd.
In Oct 1996, AASHTO approved the beltway from I-77 Pineville clockwise past I-85, I-77 Huntersville, and back to I-85 UNC-Charlotte as part of I-485.
In Dec 1996 (NCDOT), I-485 was assigned from I-77 near Pineville northwest to I-85.
In mid 1997 (per Matt Steffora), I-485 was extended both directions to be open from NC 49 to US 74.
In Aug 1998 (per Matt Steffora), the I-485 freeway was extended from NC 49 northwest to Arrowood Rd.
In May 1999 (per Matt Steffora), the I-485 freeway was opened between I-85 and NC 49 in the UNCC-Charlotte area. This utilized the I-85/US 29 connector that dated to I-85's completion through the area decades earlier.
In June 1999, FUTURE I-485 became actual I-485 from I-77 Pineville east to US 74 Matthews.
In late 1999, I-485 was extended from US 74 Matthews northeast to Idlewild Rd.
In mid 2000, I-485 was opened from Idlewild Rd to Lawyers Rd.
In Sept 2003, I-485 was opened from NC 49 UNC-Charlotte south to NC 24-27 Mint Hill.
In Nov 2003, I-485 was open from NC 24-27 south to Lawyers Rd. This made I-485 fully open from I-77 northeast to I-85.
In Oct 2004, I-485 was extended from Arrowood Rd north to I-85.
In Nov 2005, FWA approved as an interstate the 485 freeway from I-77 Pineville northwest to I-85 and from US 74 Matthews north to I-85 UNC-Charlotte.
In late 2006, the freeway was extended from I-85 west of Charlotte north to NC 27.
In mid 2007, the freeway was extended from NC 27 to NC 16.
In late 2008, the freeway was extended from NC 16 northeast to NC 115.
In May 2009 (NCDOT), I-485 was assigned to the segment from I-85 west of Charlotte to I-77 Huntersville.
|Comments:||The first NC Official to label I-485 was the 1995 issue.
I-485's remaining segment from NC 115 east to I-85 is under construction and scheduled to open in late 2014 or so.
The south side of the beltway is already overcrowded and lane additions are coming.
There are some INNER and OUTER banner postings associated with I-485.
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