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Encyclopedia > Interstate 485
Interstate 485
Auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System
Length: 46 mi[citation needed] (74 km)
Formed: 2001
West end: NC 16 in Charlotte
Major
junctions:
I-77 in Charlotte
NC 51 in Pineville
US 521 in Pineville
US 74 in Matthews
NC 49 in Charlotte
US 29 in Charlotte
East end: I-85 in Charlotte
North Carolina highways
< NC 481 US 501 >
For two unbuilt highways, see Interstate 485 (Georgia).

Interstate 485 (abbreviated I-485) is an Interstate highway and a partially-completed beltway around Charlotte, North Carolina. It is one of the newest members of the Interstate 85 family. Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Image File history File links Autoroute_icone. ... Image File history File links I-485. ... Interstate Highways in the 48 contiguous states. ... “Miles” redirects here. ... “km” redirects here. ... Image File history File links NC_16. ... // NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km) North Carolina state highway that travels north/south. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... Image File history File links I-77. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 77 Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... Image File history File links NC_51. ... NC 51 is a 23-mile North Carolina state highway. ... Pineville is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina located between Charlotte and York County, South Carolina. ... Image File history File links US_521. ... U.S. Highway 521 is a spur of U.S. Highway 21. ... Pineville is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina located between Charlotte and York County, South Carolina. ... Image File history File links US_74. ... U.S. Highway 74 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 524 miles (843 km) from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... Matthews is a town located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and a suburb of the city of Charlotte. ... Image File history File links NC_49. ... NC 49 is an important state highway in the North Carolina Highway System that traverses much of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... Image File history File links US_29. ... United States Highway 29 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1,036 miles (1,667 km) from the western suburbs of Baltimore to Pensacola, Florida. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... Image File history File links I-85. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 85 Interstate 85 (abbreviated I-85) is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... This is a list of state highways in the U.S. state on North Carolina with numbers under 1000. ... Image File history File links NC_481. ... The U.S. Highway 15-501 concurrency is a vital route in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Image File history File links US_501. ... Interstate 485 was originally planned to run from Interstate 75/85 (the Downtown Connector), just north of downtown Atlanta, USA, east to the Stone Mountain Expressway. ... Interstate Highways in the lower 48 states. ... For the American political term, see Inside the Beltway and Beltway bandits. ... Charlotte (also known as candle stick) is a figure skating grace move - one of the spirals, where the skater is bended and glides on its one leg with the other one lifted to the air. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Largest metro area Charlotte metro area Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (900 km)  - % water 9. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 85 Interstate 85 (abbreviated I-85) is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ...


The western, southern and eastern segments of the beltway are complete and open to traffic. The current path runs south from NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway), crosses I-85 near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and continues counter-clockwise to I-85 near Concord and UNC Charlotte, crossing I-77 south of Uptown Charlotte. During rush hour, this newly-opened roadway is an easy, but long, way around the I-77/I-85 interchange in north Charlotte. // NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km) North Carolina state highway that travels north/south. ... Charlotte Douglas International Airport (IATA: CLT, ICAO: KCLT, FAA LID: CLT) is a public, mid-size international airport located in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Concord is a city located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. ... The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a public university located in Charlotte, North Carolina. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 77 Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... For other uses, see Rush hour (disambiguation). ...


The northwest segment from I-85 to I-77 is currently under construction and being opened in phases. The most recent segment from NC 27 to NC 16 opened on May 9, 2007; the segment from NC 16 to NC 115, just beyond the I-77 interchange is scheduled to open either in late 2007 or early 2008. Construction on the final segment—the northeast section from I-77 to I-85 near UNC Charlotte, is scheduled to begin in 2013.[1] // NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km) North Carolina state highway that travels north/south. ... North Carolina Highway 115 is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte, or for athletics purposes, Charlotte), is a public, coeducational, research intensive university located in Charlotte, North Carolina in the United States. ...


Although I-485 is officially called the Charlotte Beltway, and unofficially the "Outerbelt", it also goes by four other names. The majority of the interstate is called the Governor James G. Martin Freeway and the southwestern section is the Rusty Goode Freeway, in honor of the men who helped make I-485 a reality. Seddon "Rusty" Goode served on the transportation board in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The partially opened northwestern section is designated the Craig Lawing Freeway, and the final section that will connect back to the University Area will be called the Doctor Jay Robinson Freeway (named for a former superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools). For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... For other persons named James Martin, see James Martin (disambiguation). ... Mecklenburg County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Location Charlotte, North Carolina Superintendent Dr. Peter C. Gorman Total Enrollment 129,011 (2006-07) Budget $1. ...


Although part of the Southern Outerbelt runs within 1.5 miles (2.4km) of South Carolina, the entire Outerbelt is located in Mecklenburg County and never crosses into South Carolina or neighboring counties. It should be noted, however that I-485 does come within just 20 feet of the Cabarrus County line at the Rocky River Road exit. The Outerbelt traverses the towns of Mint Hill, Matthews and Pineville; when completed, it will also pass through Huntersville. This will be the first "true" loop road around Charlotte, as the I-277 freeway is an inner loop around downtown Charlotte, locally known as "Uptown" or "Center City." Official language(s) English Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude 78° 32′ W to 83... Mecklenburg County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Cabarrus County is a county located in the south-central part of the state of North Carolina. ... Mint Hill is a town located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. ... Matthews is a town located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and a suburb of the city of Charlotte. ... Pineville is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina located between Charlotte and York County, South Carolina. ... Huntersville is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States. ... Interstate 277 (abbreviated I-277) is a 4. ...

Contents

Route description

Orientation and signage

Since Interstate 485, when completed, will be a beltway, the compass orientation of the freeway is not uniform around the loop. Some sections of the loop are signed North/South and others are signed East/West, depending on the general compass directions along which traffic flows. In addition to the compass directions, the Inner/Outer labeling system is also utilized, but as of December 2006, it is secondary. Usually when both systems are utilized on signs, the compass directional banner is placed above the number shield and the Inner/Outer banner is placed below.[2] Officials originally decided to use only "north" and "south" compass directions when signing the route, but because this would be confusing with multiple "norths" and "souths", "inner" and "outer" designations were included. Althouth "east" and "west" signs exist, these will be phased out in favor of "inner" and "outer" designations.[3] For the American political term, see Inside the Beltway and Beltway bandits. ... On beltways in right-side driving nations, traffic travels in a clockwise direction in the inner lane (blue) and counterclockwise in the outer lane (red). ...


Traffic traveling in a clockwise direction around the city of Charlotte is on the "Inner" loop and traffic traveling in a counterclockwise direction is on the "Outer" loop.[4] This system can be confusing, but it is logical; since traffic in the United States generally travels on the right side of the road, the clockwise traveling lanes will always be the "Inner" lanes of a loop.[2] The Clockwise direction A clockwise motion is one that proceeds like the clocks hands: from the top to the right, then down and then to the left, and back to the top. ... A clockwise motion is one that proceeds like the clocks hands: from the top to the right, then down and then to the left, and back to the top. ...


Volume and capacity

As of 2005, approximately 24 miles of I-485 between NC51 (Exit 65) and NC24-27 (Exit 41), has four travel lanes. Volume on this section varies widely from a maximum of 124,000 vpd east of NC51 to a 40,000 vpd south of NC24.


Approximately 10 miles of I-485 between NC24-27 (Exit 41) and I-85 (Exit 31) has between six and eight travel lanes. Volume on this section varies between 42,000 vpd and 49,000 vpd.


Approximately 10 miles of I-485 between I-77 (Exit 67) and I-85 (Exit 10) has between six and eight travel lanes. Volume on this section varies between 40,000 and 70,000 vpd.


Volume on the southern section of I-485 regularly exceeds capacity during peak travel times, particularly between I-77 (Exit 67) and NC16 (Exit 57). Many of the interchanges in this area were designed to accommodate large volumes of traffic, particular the massive interchange with I-77. However, with only two travel lanes in each direction, I-485 does a poor job of handling through traffic when volume is heavy.


Future

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has proposed to build additional travel lanes along the southern section of I-485 between I-77 and US521. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in 2015.


In addition, NCDOT is planning to convert the existing grade separation at Weddington Road (located between Exit 57 and Exit 52) to an interchange beginning in 2009. The proposed design is a folded-diamond style interchange with all four ramps located to one side of the existing grade separation, similar to the existing interchange of I-485 & NC24-27. The westbound (inner) ramps are proposed to intersect Weddington Road directly opposite Plantation Drive. The future interchange will likely be designated Exit 54.


Exit list

Mile numbering on Interstate 485 is awkward, as the numbers are set up for when the freeway is a completed loop. Numbering begins at Interstate 77 south of Charlotte, NC and continues clockwise to NC 16 (Brookshire Boulevard) on the Northwest side of Charlotte. The road ends there for now. The interstate begins at Interstate 85 northeast of Charlotte, and continues as if the road had not ended, at mile 31 (in reality, a 17-mile gap exists between the two exits), and continues to Interstate 77 at mile 67. Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 77 Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... Charlotte redirects here. ... The Clockwise direction A clockwise motion is one that proceeds like the clocks hands: from the top to the right, then down and then to the left, and back to the top. ... // NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km) North Carolina state highway that travels north/south. ...

County # Destinations Notes
Mecklenburg 1 NC 49 (S.Tryon Street/ York Road)
3 Arrowood Road
4 NC 160 (Steele Creek Road)
9 US 29/US 74 (Wilkinson Blvd.)
10A-B Interstate 85
12 Moores Chapel Rd
14 NC 27 (Mount Holly Rd)
16 NC 16 (Brookshire Blvd) All traffic exit
Current end of roadway
18 Oakdale Rd Under construction; scheduled for completion in 2007[1]
21 Vance Rd/W.T. Harris Blvd
23A-B Interstate 77
23C NC 115 (Old Statesville Rd)
Roadway resumes
31 Interstate 85
32 US 29 (N. Tryon Street/Salisbury Road)
33 NC 49 (University City Blvd)
36 Rocky River Road
39 Harrisburg Road
41 NC 24/NC 27 (Albemarle Road)
43 NC 51 (Blair Road)
44 NC 218 (Fairview Road)
47 Lawyers Road
49 Idlewild Road
51A-B US 74 (East Independence Blvd.)
52 East John Street
57 NC 16 (Providence Road)
59 Rea Road
61
US 521 South (Johnston Road)
Split into 61A (US 521 South) and 61B westbound (clockwise). After its recent truncation, northern terminus of US 521
64A-B NC 51 (Pineville-Matthews Road)
65 South Blvd./Pineville Road Split into 65B and 65A eastbound (counterclockwise)
67 Interstate 77/US 21

Exit numbers on Interstate 4 in Volusia County, Florida. ... Mecklenburg County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Image File history File links NC_49. ... NC 49 is an important state highway in the North Carolina Highway System that traverses much of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. ... Image File history File links NC_160. ... This North Carolina Highway article needs to be cleaned up to conform to both a higher standard of article quality and accepted design standards outlined in the WikiProject: North Carolina State Highways. ... Image File history File links US_29. ... Image File history File links US_74. ... United States Highway 29 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1,036 miles (1,667 km) from the western suburbs of Baltimore to Pensacola, Florida. ... U.S. Highway 74 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 524 miles (843 km) from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... Image File history File links I-85. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 85 Interstate 85 (abbreviated I-85) is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ... Image File history File links NC_27. ... NC 27 is a North Carolina state highway that runs for 200 miles through southern and central North Carolina. ... Image File history File links NC_16. ... // NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km) North Carolina state highway that travels north/south. ... Image File history File links I-77. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 77 Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... Image File history File links NC_115. ... North Carolina Highway 115 is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. ... Image File history File links I-85. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 85 Interstate 85 (abbreviated I-85) is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ... Image File history File links US_29. ... United States Highway 29 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1,036 miles (1,667 km) from the western suburbs of Baltimore to Pensacola, Florida. ... Image File history File links NC_49. ... NC 49 is an important state highway in the North Carolina Highway System that traverses much of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. ... Image File history File links NC_24. ... Image File history File links NC_27. ... NC 24 is a North Carolina state highway. ... NC 27 is a North Carolina state highway that runs for 200 miles through southern and central North Carolina. ... Image File history File links NC_51. ... NC 51 is a 23-mile North Carolina state highway. ... Image File history File links NC_218. ... Image File history File links US_74. ... U.S. Highway 74 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 524 miles (843 km) from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... Image File history File links NC_16. ... // NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km) North Carolina state highway that travels north/south. ... Image File history File links No_image. ... Image File history File links South_plate. ... Image File history File links US_521. ... U.S. Highway 521 is a spur of U.S. Highway 21. ... Image File history File links NC_51. ... NC 51 is a 23-mile North Carolina state highway. ... Image File history File links I-77. ... Image File history File links US_21. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 77 Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an interstate highway in the eastern United States. ... U.S. Highway 21 in the pre-Interstate era was a north-south highway connecting the area around Lake Erie and the coastal South. ...

References

  1. ^ a b Lyttle, Steve. "New segment of I-485 opens today", Charlotte Observer, December 15, 2006. Retrieved on 2006-12-16. 
  2. ^ a b Interstate Guide - I-485 Outer / Wilkinson Blvd sign picture
  3. ^ Charlotte Observer, "Making heads or tails of inner, outer loops" from Topix.net (Accessed Jan 2007)
  4. ^ WSOC-TV News: State has new way to identify location on I-485 (Accessed Dec 2006)
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Auxiliary routes of Interstate 85
Current and Future (F) Former
I-185 Georgia - South Carolina
I-285 Georgia - North Carolina (F)
I-385 South Carolina
I-485 North Carolina Georgia
I-585 South Carolina
I-785 North Carolina-Virginia (F)
I-985 Georgia

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