Interstate 485 Outer
Exits 65B is the first of two interchanges for Pineville from the outer loop of Interstate 485. Meeting the freeway ahead is South Boulevard (SR 3998) from Charlotte and Pineville Road (SR 4982) north. This guide sign was removed in 2016. 05/30/05
South Boulevard carried U.S. 521 north to Woodlawn Road / Billy Graham Parkway until 2003. When I-85 opened to traffic, U.S. 521 was relocated onto the beltway between Exit 65 and 61. That overlap was subsequently removed when U.S. 521 was truncated southward. 05/31/21
South from Exit 65B, Pineville Road becomes Polk Street en route to Downtown Pineville and NC 51 (Main Street). Pineville Road was the alignment of U.S. 521 until 1996, when it was relocated onto I-485. 05/31/21
South Boulevard (SR 3998) constitutes a heavily developed commercial arterial northward 5.29 miles to Woodlawn Boulevard. 05/31/21
NC 51 (Pineville-Matthews Road) converges with Interstate 485 at a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 64). 05/31/21
NC 51 travels west through Downtown Pineville to S.C. 51 and U.S. 21. Exit 64B also serves adjacent Carolina Place Mall. 05/31/21
Exit 64A loops onto NC 51 (Pineville-Matthews Road) northbound ahead of two medical centers and a heavily developed retail area. NC 51 extends east into the town of Matthews. 05/31/21
U.S. 521 begins from Interstate 485 at Exit 6. Following Johnston Road, U.S. 521 heads 3.72 miles south to the South Carolina line. 05/31/21
Exit 61 leaves Interstate 485 eastbound for U.S. 521 (Johnston Road). U.S. 521 travels 177 miles southeast from Charlotte to Georgetown, South Carolina. 05/31/21
Johnston Road continues north from the parclo interchange at Exit 61 to Park Road through suburban south Charlotte. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 advances east to the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 59) with Rea Road. 05/31/21
Rea Road (SR 3649) heads north to from Exit 59 to NC 51 and Colony Road. 05/31/21
Exit 59 departs Interstate 485 east at the Elm Lane (SR 3649) overpass. Rhea Road (SR 1316) south through suburban areas of Union County. 05/31/21
NC 16 follows Providence Road southeast from E 3rd Street and Downtown Charlotte to a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 57) with Interstate 485. A third general purpose lane opened along I-485 between Rea Road and Providence Road on November 6, 2021.1 05/31/21
Weddington lies three miles south along NC 16 (Providence Road) from Exit 57. The state route ends at Waxahwa in 9.78 miles. 05/31/21
Construction for the I-485 Express Lanes includes adding a folded diamond interchange with Weddington Road (SR 3468). 05/31/21
Interstate 485 bends northeastward and straddles the Union County line through the town of Matthews. John Street (SR 1010) connects with the freeway at Exit 52. 05/31/21
One mile ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 52) with John Street. Guide signs for Exit 52 originally displayed just Matthews. 05/31/21
John Street (SR 1010) runs southeast from Exit 52 to Old Monroe Road and Stallings and northwest into central Matthews. 05/31/21
U.S. 74 and I-485 converge at a directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 51) between Charlotte and the town of Indian Trail. 05/31/21
A collector distributor roadway separates from the outer loop of I-485 at Exit for U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard). 05/31/21
Two lanes leave the c/d roadway for Exit 51B to U.S. 74 east. U.S. 74 crosses into Union County and enters Indian Hill within one mile. The tolled Monroe Expressway (U.S. 74 Bypass) circumvents Monroe, connecting with the continuation of U.S. 74 east to Rockingham, Laurinburg and Wilmington. 05/31/21
The succeeding exit along Interstate 485 north is for Idlewild Road (SR 3174). 05/31/21
U.S. 74 constitutes a major commuter route between Downtown Charlotte via Independence Boulevard and the Union County seat of Monroe. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 Outer
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Interstate 485 parallels the Union County line to Exit 49 with Idlewild Road (SR 3174). 05/31/21
Idlewild Road meanders northwest from I-485 to NC 51 and U.S. 74 along the town lines of Matthews and Mint Hill. 05/31/21
South from Exit 49, Idlewild Road (SR 1501) leads into the town of Hembly Bridge. 05/31/21
I-485 passes between Stevens Creek Nature Preserve and The Divide Golf Club ahead of Stevens and Goose Creeks. 05/31/21
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Lawyers Road (SR 1004) connects with I-485 at the succeeding diamond interchange (Exit 47). 05/31/21
Northbound I-485 at Exit 47 to Lawyers Road (SR 1004). Lawyers Road meets NC 51 (Matthews Mint Hill Road) in the town of Mint Hill. 05/31/21
Paralleling Goose Creek, Interstate 485 heads north away from the Union County line. 05/31/21
NC 218 stems 1.08 miles east from NC 51 at Mint Hill to a diamond interchange (Exit 44) with Interstate 485. 05/31/21
NC 218 (Fairvew Road) heads 6.26 miles east from Interstate 485 at Exit 44 to U.S. 601 (Concord Highway) at Fairview. 05/31/21
NC 218 constitutes a 31.67 mile long route from NC 51 at Mint Hill to U.S. 74 at Polkton. 05/31/21
NC 51 (Blair Road) returns to Interstate 485 at Exit 43. 05/31/21
A 22.22 mile route wholly within Mecklenburg County, NC 51 concludes 1.52 miles north of I-485 at NC 24/27 (Albemarle Road). 05/31/21
Angling northwest, Interstate 485 passes under Truelight Church Road and west of Rocky River High School on the ensuing stretch. 05/31/21
NC 24/27 meet I-485 at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 41) along the north side of Mint Hill. 05/31/21
West of Exit 41, Albemarle Road leads NC 24 to Harris Boulevard and NC 27 to U.S. 74 along the Independence Expressway. 05/31/21
Exit 41 leaves Interstate 485 north beyond a Norfolk Southern Railroad overpass. 05/31/21
NC 24/27 combine along an extended overlap from Charlotte east to Albemarle and Johnsonville. 05/31/21
NC 24/27 constitutes a four lane corridor east from Allen (NC 51) 13 miles to Locust and 17 miles to Red Cross 05/31/21
I-485 advances north through an S-curve alongside McKee Creek and the Larkhaven Hills development. 05/31/21
Harrisburg Road (SR 2805) stems 3.57 miles north from NC 24/27 (Albemarle Road) to the diamond interchange at Exit 39. 05/31/21
Harrisburg Road (SR 2805) continues north from Interstate 485 into Cabarrus County as Robinson Church Road (SR 1168). 05/31/21
Interstate 485 curves northwest from Exit 39 (Harrisburg Road) parallel to the Cabarrus County line. 05/31/21
Confirming marker posted along I-485 northbound between Reedy Creek and the Plaza Road Extension (SR 2803) over crossing. 05/31/21
The succeeding exit along northbound I-485 is at the diamond interchange with Rocky River Road (SR 2802). 05/31/21
Rocky River Road (SR 1139) arcs eastward through a varying landscape of woods and subdivisions to Rocky River and NC 49. 05/31/21
West of Exit 36, Rocky River Road (SR 2802) meanders to the Newell section of Charlotte and NC 24 (Harris Boulevard E). 05/31/21
Subdivisions line both sides of the beltway northwest to Back Creek. 05/31/21
The ensuing exit along I-485 north is the folded diamond interchange with NC 49 (University City Boulevard). 05/31/21
Pavilion Boulevard runs north from NC 49 along I-485 to the PNC Music Pavilion and U.S. 29. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center is 13.5 miles to the east along NC 49. 05/31/21
University City Boulevard extends west from a heavily developed retail corridor along NC 49 and U.S. 29 to N Graham Street. Previous guide signs for Exit 33 omitted University City Boulevard. 05/31/21
Exit 33 departs Interstate 485 north for NC 49 (University City Boulevard). NC 49 parallels a NC Railroad line eastward to Harrisburg. Westward, NC 49 combines with U.S. 29 along Tryon Street into Downtown Charlotte 05/31/21
Interstate 485 converges with I-85 two miles north of the Pavilion Boulevard overpass at Exit 30. 05/31/21
U.S. 29 (Tryon Street) continues 3.60 miles northeast from NC 49 (University City Boulevard) to meet Interstate 485 at Exit 32. 05/31/21
Charlotte Motor Speedway lies along U.S. 29 just beyond the Cabarrus County line. 05/31/21
Entering the parclo interchange (Exit 32) with U.S. 29 (Tryon Street) on I-485. U.S. 29 accompanies the Interstate 85 corridor northeast to Concord. 05/31/21
Designated in 1999, the oldest section of I-485 links U.S. 29 and Interstate 85. Upgrades made prior to the establishment of I-485 included reconfiguring the previous trumpet interchange with U.S. 29 at Exit 32. 05/31/21
A substandard trumpet interchange formerly connected I-485 north with I-85 at Exit 30. The exchange was rebuilt as a turbine interchange during the final phase of beltway construction through north Charlotte. 05/31/21
Traffic partitions at Exit 30 for Interstate 85 south toward Downtown Charlotte, Gastonia and Spartanburg, South Carolina and north to Concord, Kannapolis and the Piedmont Triad region. 05/31/21
A diverging diamond interchange (DDI) connects Interstate 485 with Mallard Creek Road (SR 2467) at Exit 28. 05/31/21
Mallard Creek Road (SR 2467) weaves through northeast Charlotte to I-485 between Mallard Creek Regional Park and Concord Mills Mall in Cabarras County. 05/31/21
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Interstate 485 curves westward to a split dumbbell interchange (Exit 26) with Prosperity Ridge, Prosperity Church and Benfield Roads. 05/31/21
Prosperity Ridge and Benfield Roads encircle a retail area along Prosperity Church Road near the exchange (Exit 26) with Interstate 485. Prosperity Church Road extends north to Eastfield Road (SR 2459). 05/31/21
A two lane c/d roadway separates from the I-485 outer loop for Interstate 77 at Exit 23. 05/31/21
The c/d roadway for Interstate 77 connects I-485 and the folded diamond interchange with NC 115 (Old Statesville Road) at Exit 23C. 05/31/21
I-485 opened west from NC 115 (Exit 23C) and Interstate 77 (Exit 23B/A) on December 5, 2008. 05/31/21
Interstate 77 is a heavily traveled commuter route south to Downtown Charlotte and north to Huntersville and Mooresville. 05/31/21
NC 115 (Old Statesville Road) serves a number of distribution centers, an auto mall and North Mecklenburg High School within the immediate vicinity of Interstate 485. 05/31/21
Exit 23B leaves the c/d roadway ahead of the U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) underpass for Interstate 77 north to Statesville. 05/31/21
A reassurance marker shield stands along the c/d roadway west of the NC 115 entrance ramp. 05/31/21
Exit 23B departs I-485 as the outer loop enters the cloverstack interchange with Interstate 77. 05/31/21
Exit 23A follows as a loop ramp onto Interstate 77 south to Downtown Charlotte, Rock Hill and Columbia, South Carolina. Spartanburg was greened out with Pineville for I-485 here. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 Outer
The c/d roadway at Exit 23 merges onto the Interstate 485 mainline at the Northlake Centre Parkway overpass. 05/31/21
A parclo interchange (Exit 21) joins the beltway with NC 24 (W.T. Harris Boulevard) in a half mile. 05/31/21
NC 24 (W.T. Harris Boulevard) was extended west from I-77 at Exit 18 to I-485 by Northlake Mall in 2008. W.T. Harris Boulevard (SR 2113) continues north from Exit 21 to Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road (SR 2004). 05/31/21
Exit 18 joins I-485 with Oakdale Road, 1.75 miles southwest of the Beatties Ford Road (SR 2074) overpass. 05/31/21
Oakdale Road (SR 2042) runs north from the Oakdale section of Charlotte to a roundabout with Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road (SR 2004) nearby. 05/31/21
I-485 proceeds 1.75 miles west from the dumbbell interchange with Oakdale Road (SR 2042) to Exit 16 for NC 16 (Brookshire Boulevard). 05/31/21
Interstate 485 parallels Mount Holly-Huntersville Road (SR 2004) and Long Creek west to NC 16 (Brookshire Boulevard). 05/31/21
Interstate 485 began at the six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 16) with NC 16 between May 8, 2007 and December 5, 2008. 05/31/21
Exit 16 departs Interstate 485 south for Brookshire Boulevard. Following Brookshire Boulevard southeast directly to Interstate 277 and northwest toward Newton, NC 16 is an important route through Charlotte. 05/31/21
NC 16 (Brookshire Boulevard) heads north across Mountain Island Lake to Lowesville. A four lane expressway continues the state route north around Denver and Triangle toward Newton. 05/31/21
Southward, NC 16 (Brookshire Boulevard) continues 5.57 miles to Interstate 85. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 southbound reenters the city of Charlotte at NC 16. 05/31/21
NC 27 converges with Interstate 485 at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 14) in one mile. 05/31/21
Exit 14 leaves Interstate 485 south for NC 27 (Mt. Holly Road). NC 27 travels west to Mt. Holly and Stanley and east to Freedom Drive and Downtown Charlotte. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 continues south 0.75 miles to Moores Chapel Road at Exit 12. A collector distributor roadway follows to I-85 and U.S. 29-74. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 was signed as a Future route until the section opened east to NC 115 on December 5, 2008. 05/31/21
Southwest from the dogbone interchange (Exit 12) with Moores Chapel Road, Moores Chapel Road (SR 1601) meanders 3.25 miles to U.S. 29-74 at the Catawba River. Moores Chapel Road continues east from I-485 to NC 27 (Freedom Drive) at Paw Creek. 05/31/21
Exit 10 serves the adjacent city of Gastonia to the west. Travelers headed to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport (CLT) are directed onto U.S. 29 north / U.S. 74 east (Wilkinson Boulevard) via Exit 9. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 carries six overall lanes through the cloverstack interchange with Exit 10. I-85 travels west to Gastonia and Spartanburg, South Carolina and east into Charlotte. 05/31/21
The c/d roadway separates for I-85 (Exit 10) and U.S. 29-74 (Exit 9). U.S. 29 and I-85 parallel each northward to Greensboro and southward to Atlanta. U.S. 74 enters Gastonia from Kings Mountain and departs U.S. 29 for Downtown Charlotte. 05/31/21
Exit 10B departs next for Interstate 85 southbound into Gaston County. 05/31/21
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Exit 10A loops onto Interstate 85 north for Downtown Charlotte, Concord, Kannapolis and Greensboro. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 south enters the folded diamond interchange (Exit 9) with U.S. 29/74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) just beyond I-85. 05/31/21
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Exit 9 loops onto Wilkinson Boulevard west of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) and east of Lake Wylie. 05/31/21
Exit 9 connects with Wilkinson Boulevard along a suburban stretch lined with industrial and mobile home parks. U.S. 29/74 continue west to Belmont and Gastonia. 05/31/21
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Succeeding lane drops occur along Interstate 485 south beyond the c/d roadway from Exits 9/10 and a viaduct across the Norfolk Southern Railroad. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 shield posted at the Walkers Ferry Road (SR 1193) overpass near Dixie. I-485 runs along the west side of CLT Airport adjacent to Wallace Neel Road (SR 1195). 09/17/21
The diamond interchange with West Boulevard at Exit 6 was a later addition to the Charlotte Beltway. 09/17/21
West Boulevard (SR 5936) links I-485 with NC 160 (Steele Creek Road) to the south of CLT Airport. NC 160 converges with the Charlotte Beltway at the succeeding interchange (Exit 4). 05/31/21
Continuing south from West Boulevard, I-485 runs alongside Berewick Regional Park. 09/17/21
NC 160 runs west from Downtown Charlotte along West Boulevard to Steel Creek Road at Dixie, Shopton and I-485 at Exit 4. I-485 fueled explosive suburban growth along Shopton Road W and NC 160 to the state line. 05/31/21
Exit 4 with NC 160 (Steele Creek Road) is a six-ramp parclo interchange. NC 160 forms a multi state route with S.C. 160 south from Shopton to Interstate 77 and Fort Mill. 09/17/21
Arrowood Road (SR 1138) meets Interstate 485 at a diamond interchange (Exit 3) outside of Charlotte. 09/17/21
Brown-Grier Road (SR 1143) stems 0.97 miles east from NC 160 to Arrowood Road ahead of Interstate 485. Arrowood Road continues east to I-77/U.S. 21 and the Starmont community. 09/17/21
NC 49 (S Tryon Street) travels south from central Charlotte to meet Interstate 485 at a parclo interchange (Exit 1). I-485 was originally built with just four lanes on the south side of Charlotte. 09/17/21
Exit 1 parts ways from I-485 to NC 49 (S Tryon Street), one mile west of the four level interchange with I-77/U.S. 21. NC 49 transitions to York Road southwest en route to Lake Wylie, South Carolina. 05/31/21
Joining Rock Hill, South Carolina with Huntersville, Interstate 77 is a major commuter route from south to north in Charlotte. U.S. 21 overlaps with I-77 for 17 miles run through the Queen City. 05/31/21
Interstate 485 advances southeast to Pineville and Weddington beyond Exit 67. I-77/U.S. 21 continue south two miles to split beyond the state line. Both routes head to Columbia, South Carolina. 09/17/21
Interstate 77 connects Charlotte with Statesville to the north and with I-26 beyond Columbia to the south. 09/17/21
A high flyover links I-485 east with a c/d roadway along I-77/U.S. 21 north to Arrowood Road (SR 1138). 05/31/21
I-77/U.S. 21 north of the systems interchange with Interstate 485. 05/31/21

Sources:
  1. "Additional General-Purpose Lane Opening on Interstate 485." North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), press release. November 8, 2021.

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    Interstate 77
    Interstate 85
    U.S. 29
    U.S. 74
    U.S. 521
    Highway 16

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