CHARLOTTE, N.C. Construction has finally started on the final five miles of the I-485 loop around Charlotte.

Crews were seen working on the stretch that will connect I-77 with I-85 on the north side of town.

It should be done by December of 2014 and will cost $139 million.

Construction was to have started earlier this year but was held up by delays in getting the final environmental impact permits from the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers.

Those permits were finally approved last week, clearing the way for construction to finally begin this coming Thursday.

N.C. Department of Transportation spokesperson Jennifer Thompson said there might not be much to see right away because much of the work will be going on in remote areas.

The original start date for the final leg was 2015 until Governor Perdue pledged to get the project started sooner.

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