State says that University City’s leg of I-485 outer belt should open in July

Apr 28, 2015 | Events, Uncategorized

outer belt graphicLet the countdown begin!

Interstate 485 through University City should open to traffic by July 20, state transportation department staff recently told The Charlotte Observer. When it does, Charlotte’s 67-mile outer belt will finally be finished. Construction started 25 years ago.

  • Read the full news article. GO

Tour I-485 now via CGI

The state transportation department has a website devoted to I-485 that includes two fascinating animations of the University City leg of I-485. We’ve watched them several times and always enjoy the “trip.” Here are the links.

  • Watch I-485 emerge in under two minutes: This video lets you “fly” above the future path of the outerbelt and watch as fields and forests morph into the highway. WATCH
  • Tour the Turbine Interchange: This video lets you drive and fly through the “turbine” style interchange at I-85 and I-485. A brief description of the turbine interchange says that it features smaller, single-span bridges with smaller columns and flatter roadway profiles. This innovative design circles all left-turning traffic around a central bridge in a counterclockwise direction, improving sight distances for motorists and allowing a safer transition between the two interstates at highway speeds. WATCH



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