Auxiliary route of the Interstate Highway System
|Length:||46 mi (74 km)|
|West end:||NC 16 in Charlotte|
| I-77 in Charlotte|
US 521 in Pineville
US 74 in Matthews
US 29 in Charlotte
|East end:||I-85 in Charlotte|
Interstate 485 (abbreviated I-485) is an Interstate highway and a partially-completed beltway around Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dwight D Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, commonly called the Interstate Highway System (or simply the Interstate System) North Carolina ( is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States It is one of the newest members of the Interstate 85 family. Interstate 85 (I-85 is an Interstate highway in the southeastern United States.
The western, southern and eastern segments of the beltway are complete and open to traffic. The current path runs south from NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway), crosses I-85 near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and continues counter-clockwise to I-85 near Concord and UNC Charlotte, crossing I-77 south of Uptown Charlotte. NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km North Carolina State highway that is oriented north-south Charlotte Douglas International Airport is a public International airport located in Charlotte North Carolina. Concord (kän-kord is a city in the US state of North Carolina. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (also known as UNC Charlotte or Charlotte) is a public coeducational research intensive university located in Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an Interstate highway in the eastern United States. During rush hour, this newly-opened roadway is an easy, but long, way around the I-77/I-85 interchange in north Charlotte. Rush hour at Shinjuku 02JPG|thumb|right|250px|Rush hour at Shinjuku Station, Yamanote Line]] A rush hour or peak hour is a part of the day during which
The northwest segment from I-85 to I-77 is currently under construction and being opened in phases. The most recent segment from NC 27 to NC 16 opened on May 9, 2007; the segment from NC 16 to NC 115, just beyond the I-77 interchange is scheduled to open either in middle to late 2008. NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km North Carolina State highway that is oriented north-south North Carolina Highway 115 is a primary State highway in the U Construction on the final segment—the northeast section from I-77 to I-85 near UNC Charlotte, is scheduled to begin in 2015. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (also known as UNC Charlotte or Charlotte) is a public coeducational research intensive university located in 
Although I-485 is officially called the Charlotte Beltway, and unofficially the "Outerbelt", it also goes by four other names. The majority of the interstate is called the Governor James G. Martin Freeway and the southwestern section is the Rusty Goode Freeway, in honor of the men who helped make I-485 a reality. A governor is a governing official usually the executive (at least nominally to different degrees also politically and administratively of a non-sovereign level of government James Grubbs Martin, usually known as Jim Martin (born December 11, 1935) was a Republican governor of the state of Seddon "Rusty" Goode served on the transportation board in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Mecklenburg County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. The partially opened northwestern section is designated the Craig Lawing Freeway, and the final section that will connect back to the University Area will be called the Doctor Jay Robinson Freeway (named for a former superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools). Governance The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education or school board, consists of 9 members--3 at-large and 6 from districts
Although part of the Southern Outerbelt runs within 1. 5 miles (2. 4km) of South Carolina, the entire Outerbelt is located in Mecklenburg County and never crosses into South Carolina or neighboring counties. South Carolina ( is a state in the southern region ( Deep South) of the United States of America. Mecklenburg County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. It should be noted, however that I-485 does come within just 20 feet of the Cabarrus County line at the Rocky River Road exit. For the Spanish financier see François Cabarrus. Cabarrus County is a County located in the south-central part of the U The Outerbelt traverses the towns of Mint Hill, Matthews and Pineville; when completed, it will also pass through Huntersville. Mint Hill is a town in Mecklenburg and Union counties in the U Geography Matthews is located at (35116851 -80716409 According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14 Pineville is a town in Mecklenburg County North Carolina located between Charlotte and York County South Carolina. Huntersville is a town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States. This will be the first "true" loop road around Charlotte, as the I-277 freeway is an inner loop around downtown Charlotte, locally known as "Uptown" or "Center City. Interstate 277 (abbreviated I-277) is a loop in central Charlotte North Carolina. "
Since Interstate 485, when completed, will be a beltway, the compass orientation of the freeway is not uniform around the loop. Some sections of the loop are signed North/South and others are signed East/West, depending on the general compass directions along which traffic flows. In addition to the compass directions, the Inner/Outer labeling system is also utilized, but as of December 2006, it is secondary. Inner/outer directions identify the direction of travel between opposing lanes of traffic along Ring roads and Beltways Although most uses of the words inner Usually when both systems are utilized on signs, the compass directional banner is placed above the number shield and the Inner/Outer banner is placed below.  Officials originally decided to use only "north" and "south" compass directions when signing the route, but because this would be confusing with multiple "norths" and "souths", "inner" and "outer" designations were included. Althouth "east" and "west" signs exist, these will be phased out in favor of "inner" and "outer" designations. 
Traffic traveling in a clockwise direction around the city of Charlotte is on the "Inner" loop and traffic traveling in a counterclockwise direction is on the "Outer" loop. A clockwise motion is one that proceeds 'like the Clock 's hands' from the top to the right then down and then to the left and back to the top A clockwise motion is one that proceeds 'like the Clock 's hands' from the top to the right then down and then to the left and back to the top  This system can be confusing, but it is logical; since traffic in the United States generally travels on the right side of the road, the clockwise traveling lanes will always be the "Inner" lanes of a loop. 
As of 2006, approximately 24 miles of I-485 between NC51 (Exit 65) and NC24-27 (Exit 41), has four travel lanes. Volume on this section varies widely from a maximum of 120,000 vpd east of NC51 to a 50,000 vpd south of NC24.
Approximately 10 miles of I-485 between NC24-27 (Exit 41) and I-85 (Exit 31) has between six and eight travel lanes. Volume on this section varies between 50,000 vpd and 55,000 vpd.
Approximately 10 miles of I-485 between I-77 (Exit 67) and I-85 (Exit 10) has between six and eight travel lanes. Volume on this section varies between 50,000 and 80,000 vpd.
Volume on the southern section of I-485 regularly exceeds capacity during peak travel times, particularly between I-77 (Exit 67) and NC16 (Exit 57). Many of the interchanges in this area were designed to accommodate large volumes of traffic, particular the massive interchange with I-77. However, with only two travel lanes in each direction, I-485 does a poor job of handling through traffic when volume is heavy.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has proposed to build additional travel lanes along the southern section of I-485 between I-77 and US521. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in 2015.
In addition, NCDOT is planning to convert the existing grade separation at Weddington Road (located between Exit 57 and Exit 52) to an interchange beginning in 2009. The proposed design is a folded-diamond style interchange with all four ramps located to one side of the existing grade separation, similar to the existing interchange of I-485 & NC24-27. The westbound (inner) ramps are proposed to intersect Weddington Road directly opposite Plantation Drive. The future interchange will likely be designated Exit 54.
Mile numbering on Interstate 485 is awkward, as the numbers are set up for when the freeway is a completed loop. Numbering begins at Interstate 77 south of Charlotte, NC and continues clockwise to NC 16 (Brookshire Boulevard) on the Northwest side of Charlotte. Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an Interstate highway in the eastern United States. A clockwise motion is one that proceeds 'like the Clock 's hands' from the top to the right then down and then to the left and back to the top NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km North Carolina State highway that is oriented north-south The road ends there for now. The interstate begins at Interstate 85 northeast of Charlotte, and continues as if the road had not ended, at mile 31 (in reality, a 17-mile gap exists between the two exits), and continues to Interstate 77 at mile 67.
|Mecklenburg||1||NC 49 (S. An exit number is a number assigned to a Road junction, usually an exit from a Freeway. Mecklenburg County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. NC 49 is an important State highway in the North Carolina Highway System that traverses much of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Tryon Street/ York Road)|
|4||NC 160 (Steele Creek Road)|
|9||US 29/US 74 (Wilkinson Blvd. NC 160 is a fourteen-mile State highway in the US state of North Carolina that runs north-south US Route 29 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1036 miles (1667 km from the western suburbs of Baltimore Maryland, to Pensacola Florida US Route 74 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 524 miles (843 km from Wrightsville Beach North Carolina, to Chattanooga Tennessee )|
|12||Moores Chapel Rd|
|14||NC 27 (Mount Holly Rd)|
|16||NC 16 (Brookshire Blvd)||All traffic exit|
|Current end of roadway|
|18||Oakdale Rd||Under construction; scheduled for completion in 2008|
|21||Vance Rd/W. Interstate 85 (I-85 is an Interstate highway in the southeastern United States. NC 27 is a North Carolina State highway that runs for 200 miles through southern and central North Carolina NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km North Carolina State highway that is oriented north-south T. Harris Blvd|
|23C||NC 115 (Old Statesville Rd)|
|32||US 29 (N. Interstate 77 (abbreviated I-77) is an Interstate highway in the eastern United States. North Carolina Highway 115 is a primary State highway in the U Interstate 85 (I-85 is an Interstate highway in the southeastern United States. US Route 29 is a north-south United States highway that runs for 1036 miles (1667 km from the western suburbs of Baltimore Maryland, to Pensacola Florida Tryon Street/Salisbury Road)|
|33||NC 49 (University City Blvd)|
|36||Rocky River Road|
|41||NC 24/NC 27 (Albemarle Road)|
|43||NC 51 (Blair Road)|
|44||NC 218 (Fairview Road)|
|51A-B||US 74 (East Independence Blvd. NC 49 is an important State highway in the North Carolina Highway System that traverses much of the Piedmont region of North Carolina. NC 24 is a North Carolina State highway. It is one of the longest in the state running 284 miles (457 km from west to east NC 27 is a North Carolina State highway that runs for 200 miles through southern and central North Carolina NC 51 is a 23-mile North Carolina State highway. It connects the southern Suburbs of Charlotte. US Route 74 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 524 miles (843 km from Wrightsville Beach North Carolina, to Chattanooga Tennessee )|
|52||East John Street|
|57||NC 16 (Providence Road)|
US 521 South (Johnston Road)
|Split into 61A (US 521 South) and 61B westbound (clockwise). NC 16 is a 150-mile (251 km North Carolina State highway that is oriented north-south US Route 521 is a spur of US Highway 21. It runs for (prior to 2004 179 miles (288 km from its north end in Charlotte North Carolina at Interstate 485 After its recent truncation, northern terminus of US 521|
|64A-B||NC 51 (Pineville-Matthews Road)|
|65||South Blvd. NC 51 is a 23-mile North Carolina State highway. It connects the southern Suburbs of Charlotte. /Pineville Road||Split into 65B and 65A eastbound (counterclockwise)|
|67||Interstate 77/US 21|