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Your I-485 construction update

So exactly when can we expect that stretch of I-485 in northern Mecklenburg County from Oakdale Road to I-77 and beyond to Statesville Road to open? Glad you asked. The N.C. DOT has a handy-dandy site that includes information on project status. And in the case of I-485 the answer would seem to be maybe June or July… 2009.

Construction began on that $94 million, 5 ½ mile stretch of interstate back in January 2004. And as the DOT website shows, the road should be open by now. It’s not even close though — 50 months after work began, it’s only a hair over 75 percent complete. That’s 1.5 percent per month. And at that rate, figure another 16 months to the ribbon cutting.

The N.C. DOT still lists the estimated completion date as Dec. 31, 2008. For that to happen, the contractor, Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc., would have to speed up the pace of work and start finishing 2.5 percent to 3 percent of the project per month. Will believe that when I see it…

3 Responses to “Your I-485 construction update”

  • Mar
    18
    2008

    Getting to I-77 would really reduce pressure both on 85 — which now serves as the de facto north end of the 485 loop — and 77 thru town. You could actually opt to bypass Uptown coming down or up 77.

  • Mar
    18
    2008

    The argument could be made that this should have been the FIRST leg (along with the SE leg from 85 past airport to 77S) to be finished as this is supposed to eleviate heavy traffic on 77/85.

  • Jun
    22
    2008

    [...] Always nice to the see the state confirm something that we’ve suspected for some time now. [...]

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