Charlotte’s Beltway grew by several miles in mid-December 2006 with the opening of Interstate 485 between Interstate 85 and North Carolina 27 (Mt. Holly Road). The segment is the first to open north of Interstate 85.
Steve Delery sends us the following photos covering the newest section of Interstate 485 from early April 2007:
Overall Interstate 485 will travel 67 miles around North Carolina’s largest city. All of the loop is open south of Interstate 85 as of November 2004, and construction continues on the freeway between North Carolina 27 and Interstate 77. Ground has yet to be broken on the final segment between Interstate 77 and 85 to the northeast, but officials are hopeful for an opening between 2012 and 2013.