I-485’s completion Friday will cut travel times dramatically for some drivers and bus riders north of Charlotte, particularly for those who live in Huntersville, the Mallard Creek area and Concord.
Trips to attractions such as the Great Wolf Lodge, PNC Music Pavilion and Concord Mills Mall will be cut for some by more than 15 minutes, according to Google predictions for trips starting Fridays at 5 p.m. A trip from I-77’s Exit 25 to Concord Mills mall shouldn’t take more than half an hour.
Other big winners include UNC Charlotte’s staff and more than 21,000 students, 76 percent of whom live off campus. Huntersville residents should be able to drive to campus in as little as 16 minutes.
The CATS 53X Northlake Express bus route will begin using I-485 Monday between its Ridge Road stop and Northlake Mall, spokeswoman Krystel Green said. The 53X continues south on I-77 to uptown Charlotte.
Assuming drivers follow the 70-mph speed limit, it will take just five minutes to travel the 5.7-mile stretch.