Lack of signage makes pulling off of I-77 difficult for drivers

- In our I-77 diaries, we’re asking more questions about emergency access and emergency pull-off areas in the I-77 construction zone.

Many of you have reached out to us for answers.

We asked those responsible for the project where you can pull off safely within the work zone.

When we didn't get the answers to all our questions, Chuck Roads and I decided to find out for ourselves.

We hit the road in uptown.

Our mission: Find the spots along the I-77 toll lane project where you can safely pull off the road.

We found breaks in the concrete barrier walls but no signs indicating an emergency pull-off area.

It wasn't until mile marker 15 - right before Sunset Road - that we found what we were looking for. A sign said ‘emergency parking only’.

We found a second emergency pull off sign near mile marker 17. That’s right before W.T. Harris on I-77 northbound.

The rest of the trip from uptown to Mooresville and back. Nada. There were no designated emergency pull-offs.

Here's the good news. The right shoulder is accessible in about 90 percent of the project. There were – however - a couple of spots where you would have to go a mile to get over.

NCDOT says a paved motorist breakdown area is required every mile where a temporary barrier is used continuously on both sides of a direction of travel.

We also reached out to I-77 Mobility Partners, and Sugar Creek Construction regarding our drive and what we found. We'll tell you what they have to say as soon as we hear back.

You can watch the entire drive on Facebook live here

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