View this email in your browser

Construction Work Expands on
I-77 Express Lanes Project

Construction crews are making great strides on the building of the I-77 Express Lanes. Traffic control measures, which include traffic shifts and concrete safety barriers, are now in place in the majority of the segment from Exit 28 in Cornelius (Catawba Ave.) to Exit 36 (Plaza Dr.) in Mooresville.  In the next few weeks, you will see workers putting erosion control measures in place in the median of I-77. Then grading work begins in this area for the express lanes. 

Crews are doing soil stabilization work just south of Exit 23. Soil stabilization is the adding of lime to the soil to generate long-term strength for the roadway. This occurs before asphalt emulsion gets placed over the top, as seen in this picture on the left. Drainage and grading activities continue moving northward from Exit 23 (Gilead Rd.) to Exit 28 (Catawba Ave.)

Geotechnical activities (drilling and soil sampling) are taking place in the south segment of the project between the I-85/I-77 interchange and the I-77/Brookshire Blvd/I-277 interchange as crews prepare to start construction in this segment late summer 2016.
Sugar Creek Construction, the lead contractor for I-77 Mobility Partners, and NCDOT are working diligently and regularly coordinating to address and improve roadway conditions throughout construction.
As construction continues to expand on the I-77 Express Lanes, a variety of bid opportunities are available for interested companies. Please visit our website and click on the contract opportunities tab for details on how to apply.  
For the latest project news and information, such as upcoming lane closures and project newsletter, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
We appreciate your patience and support as we bring you a long-term, reliable travel option to the Charlotte and Lake Norman region.  

Spotlight on Local Businesses 

I-77 Mobility Partners is committed to hiring local and regional contractors, subcontractors, designers, material suppliers and other vendors. Below are a few of the companies working hard on the project:

CES Group Engineers, LLP (CES), based in Denver (metro Charlotte), NC, is a woman-owned disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) comprised of engineers, surveyors, planners and scientists. CES specializes in civil and environmental engineering, land surveying, subsurface utility engineering, landscape architecture, land planning and environmental management. On the I-77 Express Lanes project, CES is providing land surveying, compliance monitoring/inspection and environmental consulting services. 

Carolina Environmental Contracting, Inc. (CEC), based in Mount Airy, NC, brings nearly 25 years of experience with a team of land management and protection experts. CEC specializes in the installation of erosion and sediment control systems, environmentally sensitive stream restoration, vegetation establishment, tree protection, wetland mitigation, specialty construction and grading projects. 

Curtin Trucking and Drainage, Inc., based in Charlotte and also a DBE business, was founded in 1993 to fill a niche in the construction industry by providing and installing portable concrete barriers. Today, Curtin participates in highway projects in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The company performs work in heavy construction, specializing in portable temporary barriers, crash cushions, shoulder drain and impact attenuators.

Safety Reminder

Construction continues to progress along I-77. As we proceed, we are committed to working with the community to keep our roads safe. From time to time, we have seen drivers taking photos of the ongoing construction while operating their vehicles. For everyone’s safety – drivers and our construction crews –please put down your phones and keep your eyes on the road! This is especially important in work zones with changing road conditions. Let’s continue to work together to keep our roads safe!

2015 Top Starts in the Southeast

We’re proud to announce that the I-77 Express Lanes project was recently named one of the top southeast construction project that commenced in 2015. The designation was awarded by ENR Southeast, a prestigious industry publication. This award is recognition that the I-77 Express Lanes represent a long-term, reliable travel option for the region.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list