Chopper 9 offered the best perspective to see the work going on.
It's a 5.7-mile stretch where crews are trying to finally close the loop.
I-485 has been open to traffic for years from I-85 around Mint Hill, Ballantyne and up to I-77.
But the missing link connecting I-85 and I-77 has been a critical gap for Charlotte drivers and one that State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata told Channel 9 is a priority he expects to be finished by the end of the year.
“It'll be a great thing to be able to have that loop all the way around Charlotte,” Tata said.
But there's still a lot to do first.
A concrete plant built right in the middle of I-485 still has to churn out enough material to pave about 2 miles of road-bed not yet ready to drive on.
Still, a December completion date is still expected for a project many drivers said can't come soon enough.
Come Christmas time could people be driving out here?” Channel 9 asked Hunter.
“Yep, right around the end of December. That's what we're shooting for,” Hunter said.
The DOT said the only wildcard in finishing before the end of the year is weather. If it's raining, like it was Monday, they can't pour concrete and that could slow things down.
The contractor said it will use 173,000 cubic yards of concrete or about 19,000 cement trucks full.