Interstate 485 - Charlotte Beltway

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Interstate 485 encircles the Charlotte metropolitan area on a 67-mile loop within Mecklenburg County, connecting with suburban areas including Matthews and Pineville.

Traveling in a counter-clockwise loop around Charlotte, Interstate 485 begins at a systems exchange with I-77 northwest of Pineville near the state border with South Carolina. The Charlotte beltway proceeds northerly to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and I-85 near the Westmoreland neighborhood. Beyond I-85, I-485 continues northeasterly on an arc back to I-77 south of Hunterville, bypassing Mount Holly to the east. Six miles separate the northern connections of I-77 and I-85 along the Charlotte beltway. At the exchange with I-85 near Charlotte Motor Speedway, I-485 turns southeast to parallel the Mecklenburg county line to a point north of Mint Hill. Leaving Mint Hills, the beltway bends south and southwesterly to U.S. 74 and Matthews. At Providence, Interstate 485 curves west to reach Pineville before turning northwest for a return to its beginning at Interstate 77.

The I-485 beltway was built in segments between 1988 and 2015, with the final segment opening to traffic along a 5.7-mile stretch between North Carolina 115 and Interstate 85.

Each quadrant of the I-485 beltway is named after various politicians including former governor James G. Martin and Seddon "Rusty" Goode, who was instrumental in the planning of the Charlotte beltway.

Interstate 485 Highway Guides

Three years of construction started in March 2019 will add Express toll lanes to a 20 mile stretch of Interstate 485 between I-77 and U.S. 74 on the south side of Charlotte. A new interchange will also be built at Weddington Road.1


Interstate 485 scenes
U.S. 29 north & 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) east at the folded diamond interchange with I-485. Interstate 485 leads north directly into its exchange with I-85. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Spartanburg is the I-485 northbound control point for its connection to nearby Interstate 85. Interstate 485 otherwise serves the northwestern suburbs and the Mountain Island Lake area. Photo taken 06/22/05.
North Carolina 49 (University City Boulevard) northbound at what was a half diamond interchange (Exit 33) with a stub end. The Charlotte Beltway was completed by November 2003 between North Carolina 49 and U.S. 74 (Exit 51) to form a complete southeast bypass of the city. Photo taken 12/08/99.

Sources:

  1. "Major changes coming to southern stretch of I-485." WSOC (Charlotte, NC), March 14, 2019.


Photo Credits:

12/08/99, 06/22/05 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 77
Interstate 85
U.S. 29
U.S. 74
U.S. 521

Page Updated 03-15-2019.