2017 Brings New Construction on the I-77 Express Lanes
2017 is a busy year for construction of the I-77 Express Lanes from uptown Charlotte to Mooresville. Bridge works, direct connectors construction, roadwork and traffic shifts are part of the construction landscape that drivers will see as they travel along this 26-mile corridor of I-77.
The northern segment of the project from Exit 28 in Cornelius to Exit 36 in Mooresville has seen a great deal of progress. Permanent concrete safety barriers at Exit 28 in Cornelius and Exit 35 in Mooresville are taking shape. These walls will divide the I-77 northbound and southbound lanes. In Davidson, construction for the new Griffith Street bridge at Exit 30 is underway. The new and improved bridge will contain bike lanes and sidewalks when it is complete.
Crews are building a pedestrian crossing just north of Exit 23 (Gilead Road) in Huntersville for a future greenway connection planned by the Town of Huntersville. Traffic control activities and re-striping started from south of Exit 23 in Huntersville to the I-485 interchange. Placement of the temporary safety concrete barrier is next for this area. Gravel placement and asphalt operations continue in earnest between the Stumptown Road overpass in Huntersville and Exit 28 in Cornelius.
Construction activities in the south segment of the I-77 Express Lanes project are increasing between the I-85/I-77 interchange and the Brookshire Freeway-277/I-77 interchange. Crews are demolishing the first half of the Oaklawn bridge as part of construction for a new and improved bridge that will contain bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides. The new bridge will be longer on the east side, providing space under Oaklawn Avenue for a future greenway connection planned by Mecklenburg County.
Detours on I-77 southbound and northbound are currently in place for the next few weeks for the final demolition of the Oaklawn Avenue and LaSalle Street bridges, and the removal of the pedestrian bridge north of LaSalle Street. Crews are also constructing the cut and cover underpass just north of the I-85/I-77 interchange.
Traffic shifts are also in place on I-77 from the I-85/I-77 interchange to uptown Charlotte to provide crews with the space needed to conduct roadwork. Please pay attention to the signs and keep your attention on the roadway at all times.
As construction work expands, more local companies continue to join the project. Many bid opportunities and diverse work are available at this time. Please visit our website and click on the contract opportunities tab.
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We appreciate your patience as we continue building mobility options for the Charlotte and Lake Norman region.