Crews are working seven days a week on the newest segment of Interstate 485, in northwest Mecklenburg, in hopes of opening it by the end of October, said the road's contractor. Virginia Beach, Va.-based Skanska said it has almost finished pouring all of the concrete and is now striping the highway, seeding the medians with grass and installing signs.
Skanska said it will know by Oct. 17 whether it will make an end-of-the-month deadline. This portion of 485 was originally supposed to open in spring 2007.
When finished, the 5.5-mile segment will connect N.C. 16 and I-77 and N.C. 115.
The last piece of the outerbelt in northeast Mecklenburg isn't scheduled for construction until 2015. But the state might be able to accelerate that start date to 2011 or 2012. Steve Harrison