New Update On When I 485 Construction In South Charlotte Will Be Done
If you live in the South Charlotte or have been down that way in the last 3 years the one constant you’ll find is construction. The busy popular highway I 485 has been under construction for what seems like almost 10 years! Right after the initial widening was done, the work on an additional toll lane started. So I was curious about the time line and was surprised when I looked it up. So when will I 485 construction in South Charlotte be all said and done?
According to the NC.gov website construction on the highway began during the summer of 2019. All construction should be wrapped up by the end of 2024! What!? Another 9 months as I write this!? Apparently this project was supposed to be done earlier, like in 2022 earlier. Obviously there were unforeseen issues like weather, employment and oh ya, a pandemic that caused the delay.
Major improvements are happening up and down 485 from the 77 interchange all they way to Independence Boulevard. Big projects include a wider bridge on Ballantyne Commons Parkway, a new interchange at Weddington Road, and improvements at the John Street interchange in Mathews. Not to mention a huge direct access route on Westinghouse Boulevard. In fairness these are major construction projects, new over passes and new exchanges are not small tasks. I travel this road daily and watch the work projects going on day and night.
When all is said and done, and construction is wrapped up by December of 2024, then it’s my job to purchase EZ passes for my cars. I hope and pray that the days of being jammed up in traffic on 485 in Ballantyne are done! Here’s to hoping we don’t have anymore delays!