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The final 5.7 mile segment of I-485 is now open to traffic, completing the 67-mile outer belt around Charlotte and improving mobility throughout the region.

Construction on the outer belt began in the late 1980s, and today's completion marks 25 years of hard work from local leaders, elected officials, planning organizations and the NCDOT and its project contractors. The new stretch of I-485 from N.C. 115 to I-85 opened around 3 p.m. today, following a leadership tour and ribbon cutting at the site of the I-85/I-485 turbine interchange.

The final segment of the I-485 Outer Loop provides a much-needed connection between I-77 and I-85, two interstates responsible for moving goods, services and motorists into and around the Charlotte area. Providing this connection to the region helps make travel more efficient on those interstates, and also relieves congestion on other arterial roads in Mecklenburg County's northeastern quadrant.

As motorists become accustomed to the new segment, its traffic patterns and interchanges, NCDOT reminds travelers to stay alert, pay attention and use caution. The final segment is signed with a 70 mph speed limit.
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