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New 485 flyover ramp opened for the AM commute


Relief is finally here for thousands of drivers in south Charlotte commuting to and from work.

Thursday morning the Department of Transportation officially opened a ramp from Johnston Road to I-485, just in time for the morning rush hour.

The flyover ramp opened around 5:15 a.m. Thursday morning. Officials arrived around 2 a.m. to complete the final cleanup to make sure the road was ready for drivers.

The new addition should save drivers from having to wait at a traffic light to make a left turn onto the 485 inner loop. The light would often result in two to three miles of backed-up traffic in the Ballantyne area.

The project is part of the widening project on 485 between I-77 and Rea Road.

The new lanes there will open later this year.

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