Transportation planning group gets cost estimate for expanding I-77

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-area transit leaders got an update from the state Wednesday about expanding and adding lanes to Interstate 77 in south Charlotte.

A North Carolina Department of Transportation engineer gave a cost estimate to the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization.

He said widening and adding lanes from the state line to the Brookshire Freeway would cost $2.1 billion, but that could change over time.

The engineer said that money could come from the state and federal government, which would depend on the number of drivers that travel the highway.

CRTPO board members said they have only started discussing plans.

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