After years of delays, funding shortfalls, and contractor disputes, Charlotte commuters have received more good news when it comes to Interstate 485.
The much needed widening of six miles of highway in the Pineville/Ballantyne area in Southern Mecklenburg County will begin in June 2012 vs. the planned start date of October 2013. The widening will increase I-485 from four to six lanes from Interstate 77 (Exit 67) east to Johnston Road (Exit 61).
The project has an estimated cost o $77 million. It will add a new travel lane in each direction - these lanes will be built within the median. In addition, improvements to the Johnston Road interchange will be part of the project. A flyover ramp will be constructed connecting Northbound traffic to the "Inner" Westbound lanes of Interstate 485. The project should be completed by the fall of 2015.
Relief in sight for drivers on I-485 near Pineville ---WSOC-TV