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I-485 Opening Delayed Again

(September 27, 2004) Dr. Traffic reported in The Charlotte Observer on September 26 that the opening of the western leg of I-485 has been pushed back to mid-October.

I-485 Opening Delayed Again

(September 20, 2004) According to a report by News 14 Carolina, the opening of the new western leg of I-485 likely won't be until October. The cause of the delay, News 14 Carolina reports, is the recent rainy weather. Construction workers can't finish the remaining work when it's raining, and they'll also need to wait for saturated soil to dry out.

Here's a link to the News 14 Carolina story: Waterlogged ground stymies road work

Dianne Whitacre also reported in her September 12 column that the latest estimate for the completion of new I-485 section is "the last week of September or the first week in October."

West Leg of I-485 Now Won't Open Until after Labor Day

(August 14, 2004) Dianne Whitacre, The Charlotte Observer's Dr. Traffic, reports that the new
8-mile section of I-485 from Arrowood Road to I-85 is not expected to open until after Labor Day. A bridge near Old Dowd Road needs an additional layer of concrete and won't be ready in time for the opening ceremony, which is still planned for August 24.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to open the whole section to I-85 at once. (They previously had planned to open the section from Arrowood Road to Wilkinson Boulevard a few weeks before opening the big interchange at I-85.)

Other parts of Mecklenburg County have experienced major changes when sections of I-485 have opened through them. Steele Creek is experiencing major changes already and should expect more after August 25.

Find out more in Ms. Whitacre's articles: Southwest I-485 hits delay (8/13), State plans ceremony for outer belt opening (7/23), and Look west on I-485 shortly after Aug. 25 (7/18). (You will need to register with the Observer to view archived articles. Links should remain active for at least a year.)