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New I-485 Pictures

Busy here at the blog tonight.

Today, Chris Curley sent over some photos from the recently extended I-485 in Charlotte. Another 3.5 miles of I-485 opened - from NC 27 (exit 14) to NC 16 (exit 16) - last Tuesday, May 8.

Here's where I-485 had ended at NC 27 (Exit 14). I'm trying to get where the 3.5 miles of new highway came from when the exit is 2.25 miles beyond the former terminus. Oh, take a look at the NC 16 exit sign. It is a rare case of the exit number (16) matching the route number at the interchange (NC 16).

Here's the current end of I-485 at NC 16 in Northwest Mecklenburg County.

Chris gives a sneak peak of what's to come for I-485. This is beyond the current terminus at NC 16 as the unopened highway heads to I-77. It'll be empty for a little while. As the next part of the highway to I-77 and NC 115 near Huntersville will open in early 2008. (That's the current target opening.)

Here's a guide sign on NC 16 for Future South Interstate 485 Outer. Yeah, you try saying that three or five times fast.

Chris has now entered Future South Interstate 485 Outer from NC 16. And at the Charlotte City Limit. That will change too.

The guide sign shield that North Carolina has made popular. Fortunately, they decided adding South and Outer would have been a little too much.

Chris sent a few more photos and they'll be added to the Interstate 485 - Charlotte's Outerbelt Page over the summer.

For More Future North/South Inner/Outer Interstate 485 Fun at the blog, read here:
Another 3.5 Miles of I-485 to Open Tomorrow
4/9 Roadtrip: Augusta to Raleigh
Or just click on the Interstate 485 tag line below!

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