NCDOT to Reschedule Public Meetings on I-485 and U.S. 74 Projects Friday, January 13, 2017

Meetings scheduled for Jan. 17, 19, 26 and Feb. 9 postponed

 CHARLOTTE – The N.C. Department of Transportation will reschedule a series of public meetings in Charlotte on projects to improve Interstate 485 and U.S. 74 so that the public can get information about both related projects at the same time.

 The first two meetings on the I-485 project were previously scheduled to be held on January 17 and 19, and two separate meetings on the U.S. 74 project were set for January 26 and February 9.

 “As our staff prepared for these meetings, it became apparent that we were asking the public to attend multiple meetings on two closely-related projects in their community,” Division 10 Engineer Louis Mitchell said. “To make the best use of our constituents’ time, we plan to reschedule so we can provide the public with information about both projects at all meetings.”

 The proposed improvements aim to improve traffic flow and provide more reliable travel times between I-77 and U.S. 74 on I-485, as well as between Conference Drive and I-485 on U.S. 74. Both projects were requested by local officials as the best long-term solution to manage the congestion problem on I-485 and U.S. 74.

 Both projects involve the construction of express lanes, which will benefit all drivers by offering them the choice to use existing lanes for free, or to pay a fee to ride in the express lane for trips when a reliable travel time matters most. As vehicles move onto the express lane, other lanes become less congested.

 The number of meetings will remain the same, and new meeting dates have not been determined. Interested citizens will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments on both projects at all meetings.

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I-485 Express Lanes, I-5507

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