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Old 11-27-2017, 12:00 PM
 
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Hi! I previously posted a more broad moving question, but was curious to see if anyone has experience commuting from Belmont to the Westinghouse Blvd area (just northwest of Carowinds)? Would it be comparable to the more western areas of South Charlotte? Opinions on specific neighborhoods in Belmont? Thanks in advance for any info!
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Old 11-27-2017, 06:59 PM
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The morning commute is consistent, and not too bad. The evening commute varies; 485 can sometimes be heavily trafficked....the 485/85 interchange always has issues.
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:14 AM
 
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It's not a bad commute at all; one of the easiest in the metro area. But that doesn't mean there can't be issues. Exiting off of I-485 inner or outer loop onto I-85 causes bad traffic backups due to its ridiculous lane configuration. Take the Wilkinson Blvd./Hwy. 74 west exit off of I-485 outer loop going back to Belmont in the afternoons. It's much easier.
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Old 11-28-2017, 06:07 AM
 
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Thanks! Good to hear. What would you estimate an average time to be? Over/under 30 mins (basically from the downtown area for a reference)?
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Old 11-28-2017, 06:48 AM
 
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Thanks! Good to hear. What would you estimate an average time to be? Over/under 30 mins (basically from the downtown area for a reference)?
30 would probably be your best case scenario. Closer to 45 would be the average.
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Old 11-28-2017, 01:50 PM
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In the evenings expect 45 min often; one hour sometimes, and well over an hour on rare occasions.

Don't worry however; the City and State are on top of this. The outlet center was built up on the roadside, so future 485 road expansions will be cost prohibitive. And then there's the new River District going in...

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NC is a good State in which to live, but when it comes to planning roads, the City and the State have dropped the ball.
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Old 11-28-2017, 02:01 PM
 
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Hmmm. I was hoping we left our traffic woes behind us in DC. Would it make more sense to consider Ft. Mill for a shorter commute? I would like my husband to be able to see the kids before they go to bed. (But Belmont sounds so appealing and more our speed.)
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Old 11-28-2017, 02:06 PM
 
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Hmmm. I was hoping we left our traffic woes behind us in DC. Would it make more sense to consider Ft. Mill for a shorter commute? I would like my husband to be able to see the kids before they go to bed. (But Belmont sounds so appealing and more our speed.)
Check Google Maps daily at 7:30AM EST and at 5PM EST to see what your husband's commute might be like from various areas to Westinghouse.

Fort Mill would be a very reasonable commute and you may not even need to get on the Interstate.

Outside of our 7:30 - 8:30AM and 4:45PM - 6PM rush hour, traffic will be easy compared to DC, but it won't be small town American either.
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Old 11-28-2017, 02:48 PM
 
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Good call. I have done that occasionally, but never live. Coming to scope out areas in a couple of weeks. We will eventually find our niche. Thanks for all the feedback!
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Old 11-28-2017, 06:00 PM
 
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There is value in the city if you look for it. Where are you working? What kind of home/lot/neighborhood do you want? What is your budget?
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