CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Interstate 485 connect is under budget and ahead of schedule, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The interstate is now slated to be all done in 2014 and the I-85 widening is going to be wrapped up in 2013. Both highways will meet in a new state-of-the-art interchange they are calling the turbin.

North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue inspected the work Monday and then briefed reporters on the progress.

These two prime contractors have told us that they hired 370 get this job done, Gov. Perdue said. So that means we're saving money but we are also putting people back to work.

Governor Perdue said the work being done ahead of time and under budget is an example of state improvements getting done with politics taken out of the mix.

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