CHARLOTTE – N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will temporarily close the exit ramp from I-77 South to the John Belk Freeway and Wilkinson Boulevard (exits 9A – C) as part of a $12.8 million improvement of the interstate between exits 5 and 10.
Starting tonight, the ramp will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., continuing through Thursday night, Aug. 1, weather permitting. This will let crews safely mill and resurface ramps and collector lanes. If rain puts a halt to the work, it will be moved to the next night.
Drivers will be detoured from I-77 South to Clanton Road (exit 7), where they can proceed back to I-77 North or continue to West Boulevard.
The exit ramp from the I-277 inner loop to I-77 South will also be closed during these hours. Detour information will be online at www.drivenc.gov
, under Mecklenburg County.
The contract calls for milling and paving, repairing concrete, and installing pavement markings and snowplowable markers along the five-mile stretch.
The project also includes improvements to the northbound and southbound bridges at West Boulevard, as well as the bridge exiting I-77 South to West Boulevard. Crews will paint the bridges, replace bridge joints, perform repairs to the concrete deck and add a new deck overlay to smooth the ride for motorists.
Drivers are encouraged to slow down when approaching the work zone and to pay extra attention to construction and detour signs.