CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) - Preliminary traffic control measures to prepare for construction of the I-77 Express Lanes near uptown Charlotte are scheduled to begin.
Crews will be placing safety barriers on the shoulder of the roadway on two of the ramps at the I-77 and I-277/ Brookshire Freeway interchange.
The first location is the ramp from I-77 southbound to I-277 eastbound. The second location is the ramp from I-277 westbound to I-77 southbound. Additionally, barrier will be placed on the shoulder of I-77 northbound at the I-77 and I-277/Brookshire Freeway interchange.
Officials said there will be no reduction in the number of general purpose lanes along the project’s corridor during the construction period. Crews will be working along the corridor during the daytime, inside the construction area limits, and nighttime. Temporary lane closures will take place only overnight.
Additionally, construction will be limited on days of planned major events that draw heavy traffic in uptown Charlotte.
"We remind drivers to pay attention to any changes in traffic patterns, to drive carefully in the construction zone and to plan ahead for travel throughout the corridor," officials said.
Once the project is complete, dedicated express lanes will run adjacent to the existing general purpose lanes. The number of general purpose lanes will remain the same as today. Drivers will have the choice of using the express lanes, the general purpose lanes or a combination of both. Vehicles with three or more occupants (including the driver) and equipped with a transponder may use the express lanes for free.
The full 26-mile project is slated to be completed in 2018.
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