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New Johnston Road bridge opened Thursday

By Steve Lyttle
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    This “flyover” bridge, carrying traffic from northbound Johnston Road to the inner loop of Interstate 485, opens to traffic Friday morning. It allows motorists to get on I-485 without waiting for a traffic light at Johnston Road and I-485. The bridge is part of the $83 million I-485 widening project.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Motorists from the Ballantyne area and South Carolina who use Johnston Road to reach Interstate 485 experience an easier trip Thursday after a new bridge from Johnston Road to the inner loop of I-485 opened.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    A steady line of traffic uses the new “flyover” bridge from northbound Johnston Road to the inner loop of I-485 on Thursday morning. The bridge speeds the trip for inbound motorists, because it eliminates a traffic signal at the ramp to the inner loop.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Motorists from the Ballantyne area and South Carolina who use Johnston Road to reach Interstate 485 experience an easier trip Thursday morning. The N.C. Department of Transportation opened the new “flyover” bridge from Johnston Road to the inner loop of I-485 in time for the morning commute.

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The big news Thursday for motorists was the opening of the new “flyover” bridge from Johnston Road to the inner loop of Interstate 485 in southern Mecklenburg County.

The bridge, which opened about 5 a.m., enables motorists headed toward Charlotte from the Ballantyne area and South Carolina to get on I-485 without stopping at a traffic signal on Johnston Road.

The bridge is part of the $83.3 million I-485 widening project, which is adding a lane in each direction between I-77 and Rea Road. That project is scheduled for completion in December. Steve Lyttle

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