Interstate 277 North Carolina
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.
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.
North End – Charlotte, NC
South End – Charlotte, NC
Mileage – 4.46
Cities – Charlotte
- Junctions –
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|
Source: 2017 NCDOT AADT Mapping Application
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 – northwest of Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina
South End – southwest of Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina
South West at
U.S. 74 continues from the freeway end beyond Freedom Drive (Exit 1A) to U.S. 29 along Wilkinson Boulevard. Photos taken 06/01/12.
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). Photo taken by Carter Buchanan (08/11/13).