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Oakdale Road interchange takes shape on I-485

File photo: A look at I-485 in northwest Charlotte.
File photo: A look at I-485 in northwest Charlotte. Staff Photographer

The newest interchange for Interstate 485 is taking shape at Oakdale Road in northwest Charlotte.

Crews will be placing stone and paving at the site in northwest Charlotte over the next month or so.

Construction started in August, and the interchange is scheduled to open in November 2016. It is expected to provide better access to I-485 in the immediate area. The new interchange also should relieve some of the congestion at the I-485 interchange at Brookshire Boulevard.

 

Construction crews so far have focused on grading and stabilizing soil along the ramps, along with making improvements on Mount Holly-Huntersville Road, said Jordan-Ashley Baker, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Transportation. Crews are also relocating utilities on the Mount Holly-Huntersville Road intersection.

Local transportation planners decided years ago to complete the I-485 loop without finishing construction that had begun at the Oakdale Road interchange.

A study adopted by the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (now called the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization) in 1999 recommended waiting to complete the interchange until 75 percent of the land within a one-half mile radius of the interchange was developed.

The portion of the loop from N.C. 27 to east of Oakdale Road was completed in December 2005. The leg from east of Oakdale to N.C. 115 was completed in June 2009, Baker said.

NCDOT had done some grading work but halted construction of the interchange. Years later, construction is continuing without reaching the benchmark for development in the area.

Construction for an additional interchange at Weddington Road, in Southern Mecklenburg County, is scheduled to begin in 2020.

Comments welcome

Charlotte Area Transit System is accepting comments for its Lynx Silver Line Southeast Corridor Transit Study through an online survey.

The 13.5-mile southeast corridor is one of five rapid areas designated in the city’s 2030 Transit System Plan. The southeast corridor reaches from the uptown to the border of Union County.

The corridor study is expected to be complete before July 2016. For more information, visit charmeck.org. Click on the link for Departments and Charlotte Area Transit System.

Driver license location to close

The East Charlotte driver license office at 6635 Executive Circle will close for equipment installation on Monday. It is scheduled to re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Helmets for kids

Fewer than 50 percent of children wear helmets when biking. NCDOT is working to increase helmet use through it’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division, which is accepting applications for its 2016 Bicycle Helmet Initiative.

Government and non-government agencies, including schools and churches, can help distribute helmets to qualifying children through the program.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 11. For more information and to download the application, visit NCDOT.gov and search for the Bicycle Helmet Initiative.

Karen Sullivan: kmsulliv@charlotteobserver.com, @Sullivan_kms

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