New I-485 interchange added

CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is adding a new interchange on Interstate 485 in west Mecklenburg County.

Construction of the Garrison Road (State Road 1148) interchange with I-485 began on Monday, Nov. 1. The company has moved several large earth-movers to the ramps. They’ve graded about half of ramp from I-485’s innerloop to Garrison Road. Transportation officials said they hope to complete the interchange between exit 9 and exit 4 by June.

The new interchange will offer motorists an additional way to access Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It also will help trucks access a future Norfolk Southern Railway intermodal facility, which is being built in the area, state transportation officials said in a news release.

In addition, the new interchange will connect drivers with West Boulevard, which is currently being realigned to join Garrison Road with Steele Creek Road (N.C. 160).

The $1.2 million contract was awarded in September to Boggs Paving Inc. of Monroe to grade and pave access ramps at the interchange.

The ramps were constructed when that section of I-485 was built but they were never graded or paved. That didn’t stop some motorists, though, who had been using the ramps as their own personal access to the interstate.

Transportation officials remind motorists to watch signs for construction information and stay alert when traveling through the area.

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