Last leg of I-485 could open soon

I-485 final leg opening date finally announced

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the last section of I-485 connecting I-77 to I-85 could open near the end of July.

For some, opening the final leg of 485 can't come soon enough.

Six years ago, Sanchez bought Tanaka's Sushi just off Prosperity Church Road. He bought it knowing and banking on 485.

He's since been waiting delay after delay. The project has been delayed multiple times, the most recent because of weather.

"When that intersection opens up here I'm hoping that business will increase between the hours of 5 and 6:30 pm, because of traffic being lighter," Sanchez said.

The project will connect I-77 to I-85, it will also ease a lot of the congestion created from roads being closed during the construction.

"It's been tough, it's been tough for everybody especially the businesses in this little shopping center, It's really hurt everyone here," Sanchez said of the road diversions constructed around the new interchanges.

The 485 loop has been a saga 25 years long. This last leg will close the gap and complete the 67-mile circle around Charlotte.

It will also hopefully, bring Sanchez the business he expected when he bought this restaurant.

"I'm banking on that, if that comes true then that's going to be fantastic."

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