We’ve lived here for 22 years, and obviously, growth in south Charlotte has been explosive.
I’ve been saying the most troublesome part of rapid growth in a popular city like ours is keeping up with cars and vehicular traffic. The Interstate 485 loop was first conceived in 1969 and opened in 1989. Poor planning didn’t account for the number of vehicles traveling on I-485 and other main routes in just a few years’ time. The bridges over local roads like N.C. 51/Pineville-Matthews Road and Elm Lane weren’t built with any possible expansions in mind.
Atlanta has gone through all this long before we did, and Charlotte’s planners didn’t take into account what happened there. Interstate 285 around Atlanta is 12 lanes wide and always clogged.
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