• Toll lane project shuts down busy I-77 ramp near uptown for months


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The outer loop of the Brookshire Freeway ramp to Interstate 77 southbound in uptown Charlotte is closed as crews work on the bridge construction.


    The closure at the busy interchange started Saturday night and will continue for at least two months.

    Monday will be the first time that weekday commuters can expect the major thoroughfare to no longer be accessible.

    The new bridge will be part of the I-77 toll express lanes project.

    Some drivers told Channel 9 they have their own plans on how to take on the closures and the impact.

    "I've been staying off 77, and I've been using pretty much Statesville Avenue and Beatties Ford Road,” driver Dondhi Burrell said.

    “It's just a major adjustment, and I'll just be glad when this wraps up and we can get back to life as we know it,” driver Tameka Washington said.

    The outer loop of the Brookshire Freeway ramp to I-77 is closed for two months, causing traffic headaches for many across the Charlotte area. 

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    The North Carolina Department of Transportation recommends drivers take the outer loop of the Brookshire to Interstate 85 northbound back to Interstate 77 southbound.

    [RELATED: Costly new compromise for I-77 toll lanes, but is there enough money for all local projects?]

    Drivers can also take the Brookshire Freeway to the John Belk Freeway back to Interstate 77 southbound. 


    Officials ask that drivers pay attention when approaching work zones, obey the speed limit and allow extra time to reach destinations.

    Interstate 77 Express is scheduled to open this year.

    More information on the project here.

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