Interstate 277 North Carolina

I-277 North Carolina
History
North End
South End

Overview

I-277 at South Blvd - Charlotte, NC

Interstate 277 at South Boulevard in Uptown Charlotte. Photo taken 05/26/19.

Interstate 277 encircles the central business district of Charlotte to the east of I-77 and U.S. 21. The north end connects with N.C. 16 (Brookshire Freeway) leading northwest toward I-85. U.S. 74 overlaps with I-277 along the John Belk Freeway from Wilkinson Boulevard to an expressway along Independence Boulevard east.

Route Information

  • North End – Charlotte, NC

  • South End – Charlotte, NC

  • Mileage – 4.46

  • Cities – Charlotte

  • JunctionsI-77

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-277 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Location Vehicles per day
I-77 to Exit 1D 99,000
Exits 1D to 1E 95,000
Exits 1E to 2A 111,000
Exits 2A to 2B 102,000
Exits 2B to 3A 98,000
Exits 3A to 3B 96,000
Exits 4 to 5 132,000
I-77/277 Connector Rendering - Charlotte, NC

The I-77 Express Lanes project includes reconstruction of the exchange joining I-277 with I-77 and the Brookshire Freeway (N.C. 16). Flyovers will link I-277 with the Express Lanes upon completion. The ramp from I-277 to I-77 southbound was replaced with a new flyover opened to traffic on February 11, 2019.1 Overall work on the $647 million project runs through Fall 2019.

History

AASHTO approved the designation of Interstate 277 on June 29, 1978. I-277 (Brookshire Expressway) opened as the Northwest Expressway (NC 16) between Independence Boulevard and Belhaven boulevard by 1971. Completion of the John Belk Freeway (U.S. 74) occurred in two stages between 1981 and 1987.2

North End I-77 US 21 NC 16 – northwest of Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina

I-277 NC 16 West at I-77 US 21

I-277 / Brookshire Fwy north at I-77 - Charlotte, NC

0.75 miles ahead of the multi level interchange with I-77/U.S. 21 on I-277 west & N.C. 16 (Brookshire Freeway) north. I-77 travels north from Charlotte to Statesville where it meets I-40 and south to Rock Hill just across the South Carolina line. Photo taken 05/26/19.

I-277 / Brookshire Fwy north at I-77 - Charlotte, NC

N.C. 16 extends 1.75 miles northwest from I-277 and I-77 along the Brookshire Freeway to Idaho Drive. Photo taken 05/26/19.

I-277 / Brookshire Fwy north at I-77 - Charlotte, NC
I-277/NC 16 north at I-77/US 21 - Charlotte, NC

The left exit for I-77/U.S. 21 south was replaced with a new flyover over a four month period to February 11, 2019. The northbound roadway was also rebuilt to accommodate the direct connector with the I-77 Express Lanes. Photos taken 06/01/12 and 05/26/19.

I-277 / Brookshire Fwy north at I-77 - Charlotte, NC

Exit 5A leaves I-277 north for I-77 & U.S. 21 north to I-85 north and Huntersville. N.C. 16 (Brookshire Boulevard) meets I-85 at a SPUI in 2.2 miles. Photo taken 06/01/12.

I-277 north end at NC 16 - Charlotte, NC

An end shield appears for I-277 along N.C. 16 beyond the exchange with I-77/U.S. 21. Photo taken 05/26/19.

I-77 US 21 South at I-277 NC 16

I-77/US 21 south at I-277/NC 16 - 2013

I-77 & U.S. 21 advance 1.5 miles south from the exchange with Interstate 85 to Exit 11 with the Brookshire Freeway. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (08/11/13).

I-77/US 21 south at I-277/NC 16 - 2013

Exit 11 parts ways with I-77/U.S. 21 south at the Oaklawn Avenue overpass for both N.C. 16 (Brookshire Freeway) west to I-85 and I-277/N.C. 16 east around Downtown Charlotte. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (08/11/13).

I-77 US 21 North at I-277 NC 16

I-77 north at I-277/NC 16 - Charlotte, NC

I-277 & N.C. 16 angle southeast through the Greenville community to U.S. 29 and the Fourth Ward outside Downtown Charlotte. The state route follows I-277 for 2.47 miles to E 3rd Street. Photo taken 12/15/16.

I-77 north at I-277/NC 16 - Charlotte, NC

A half mile ahead of Exit 11A for I-277 & N.C. 16 (Brookshire Freeway) south on I-77/U.S. 21 north. Photo taken 12/15/16.

NC 16 East at I-77 I-277 US 21

NC 16 south at I-277 - Charlotte, NC
NC 16 / Brookshire Fwy south at I-77/277 - Charlotte, NC

Interstate 277 begin where N.C. 16 (Brookshire Freeway) spans Irwin Creek at the off-ramp for I-77 & U.S. 21 south. Photos taken 05/26/19.

NC 16 / Brookshire Fwy south at I-77/277 - Charlotte, NC

The first confirming marker for I-277 south / inner loop stands within the exchange at I-77 and U.S. 21. Photo taken 05/26/19.

NC 16 / Brookshire Fwy south at I-77/277 - 2007

A loop ramp (Exit 5A) joins N.C. 16 south with I-77 & U.S. 21 north two miles to Interstate 85. I-277 advances 1.7 miles south to U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard). Photo taken 06/01/07.

South End I-77 US 21 US 74 – southwest of Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina

I-277 South US 74 West at I-77 US 21

I-277/US 74 west at I-77 - Charlotte, NC

With Bank of America Stadium on the horizon, Interstate 277 southbound passes Exit 1E for Stonewall Street, 1.25 miles ahead of I-77 & U.S. 21 (Exits 1C/B). Photo taken 06/01/12.

I-277/US 74 west at I-77 - Charlotte, NC

Exit 1C departs I-277 south for Interstate 77 & U.S. 21 north. Photo taken 05/26/19.

I-277/US 74 west at I-77 - Charlotte, NC

Exit 1B loops onto a c/d roadway along I-77/US 21 south toward Rock Hill and Columbia, South Carolina. Photo taken 05/26/19.

I-277/US 74 west at Wilkinson Blvd - Charlotte, NC
I-277/US 74 west at Wilkinson Blvd - Charlotte, NC

U.S. 74 continues from the freeway end beyond Freedom Drive (Exit 1A) to U.S. 29 along Wilkinson Boulevard. Photos taken 05/26/19.

US 74 East at I-77 I-277 US 21

US 74 east at I-77 and I-277 - Charlotte, NC

U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) curves away from Wilkinson Boulevard into the I-277 cloverleaf interchange (Exits 1B/C) with I-77/US 21. Photo taken 05/26/19.

US 74 east at I-77 and I-277 - Charlotte, NC

U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) curves away from Wilkinson Boulevard into the I-277 cloverleaf interchange (Exits 1B/C) with I-77/US 21. Photo taken 05/26/19.

US 74 east at I-77 and I-277 - Charlotte, NC

The I-277/US 74 roadways along the John Belk Freeway separate to accommodate left entrance ramps from I-77/US 21. Photo taken 12/15/16.

US 74 east at I-77 and I-277 - Charlotte, NC

Interstate 277 & U.S. 74 combine east along the John Belk Freeway through Uptown Charlotte beyond the loop ramp for I-77/U.S. 21 north toward Statesville. Photo taken 12/15/16.

I-77 US 21 North at I-277 US 74

I-77 north at I-277/US 74 - Charlotte, NC
I-77 north at I-277/US 74 - Charlotte, NC

Approaching the c/d roadway joining I-77/U.S. 21 north with I-277/U.S. 74 (John Belk Freeway) east and U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) west to U.S. 29/N.C. 27 (Morehead Street). Photos taken 05/26/19.

I-77 north at I-277/US 74 - Charlotte, NC

Two lanes partition from I-77 north for the c/d roadway to I-277 and U.S. 74 (Exit 9). I-277 returns to I-77 in 1.8 miles. Photo taken 05/26/19.

I-77 north at I-277/US 74 - Charlotte, NC

Exit 9B merges on the left side of I-277/U.S. 74 just ahead of the Carson Boulevard off-ramp to Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL Carolina Panthers. Photo taken 12/15/16.

I-77 US 21 North at I-277 US 74

I-77 south at I-277/US 74 - Charlotte, NC

U.S. 29 arcs north from I-277 along Morehead Street, crossing I-77/U.S. 21 just ahead of the exchange with I-277 and U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard). Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (08/11/13).

I-77 south at I-277/US 74 - Charlotte, NC

A collector distributor roadway separates from I-77 south for Exit 9 to I-277 (John Belk Freeway) east and N.C. 160 along West Boulevard. Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (08/11/13).

I-77 south at I-277/US 74 - Charlotte, NC

U.S. 74 overlaps with I-277 for 2.36 miles along the John Belk Freeway from Wilkinson Boulevard to Independence Boulevard east of Downtown Charlotte. Photo taken 06/01/07.

Sources:

  1. “New I-277 Ramp to I-77 Opens After 4-Month Detour.” WFAE 90.7 (Charlotte, NC), February 11, 2019.
  2. NCRoads.com: I-277.

Page updated August 13, 2019.