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8 reactions to the long-awaited opening of I-485 in South Charlotte

The Story

After years of ripped up roadways, constantly shifting lanes and orange barrels, the $83.3 million widening of I-485 from I-77 to Rea Road is over.

The Reactions

There was love …

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And the decidedly unimpressed

“Does anyone really think that adding 1 lane on the outer loop is going to help congestion during the afternoon rush hour? Take a look at Atlanta’s traffic. Their loop is like 6 lanes in each direction and still a parking lot. Traffic congestion is caused by dumb drivers that don’t know how to merge properly, not the number of lanes.” – commenter

C5’s Take

Hate to burst anybody’s bubble, but expect lane closures in the spring for a final paving. Oh, and there might be toll roads added to portions of 485.

Photo: Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer