I remember a number of years ago when the last phase of Independence started. They said that they were working at a rate of converting about a mile of the road every ten years. That's pretty slow, even for the government. Whether that is completely accurate or not, I don't know, but what I do know is that they are going about it all wrong.
When they completed the first phase of the project - roughly from the edges of Uptown Charlotte to around Briar Creek Road - the area surrounding Independence Boulevard was cut off completely. There was none of this limited access that has become the mantra of the next few miles.
I understand that there are businesses there that they want to preserve, but what no one seems to understand is that those businesses are doing nothing but failing and leaving a scorched wasteland behind.