Final leg of I-485 looparound Charlotte opens

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The last segment of Interstate 485 around Charlotte is opening.

A ceremony was held Friday afternoon for the final segment of a road around the state’s largest city.

It’s a project that has taken 27 years to build. Transportation department officials say they have spent more than $812 million to complete the 67-mile loop. The final segment is nearly six miles long.

The road has driven development around the city, bringing hotels, restaurants, stores and new housing.