Interstate 277 is the short freeway located encircling Downtown Charlotte to the east ofInterstate 77 and U.S. 21. The northern terminus is a stack interchange with North Carolina 16 (Brookshire Freeway) leading northwest toward I-85. U.S. 74 overlaps with I-277 from the southern terminus to its own freeway along Independence Boulevard east.
This map shows the Interstate 277 downtown loop of Charlotte, North Carolina. It is a fairly short highway that is designated as the Brookshire Freeway and disperses traffic from around downtown Charlotte.
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 1987.1
Southern Terminus - Interstate 77 and U.S. 21 - southwest of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina
Perspective from Interstate 277 south
With Ericsson Stadium on the horizon, Interstate 277 southbound passes its final mainline interchange Exit 1E for Stonewall Street. The terminus interchange is signed as Exit 1C/B and is in 1.25 miles. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Interstate 277 southbound (westbound) at Exit 1C for Interstate 77 and U.S. 21 north. Exit 1B for Interstate 77/U.S. 21 south is ahead. Exit 1A is applied to the transition for U.S. 29/74 onto Wilkinson Boulevard. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Perspective from Interstate 77/U.S. 21 south
Upcoming exits sign on Interstate 77/U.S. 21 southbound. This is the first indication of the southern terminus of Interstate 277, the John Belk Freeway. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Interstate 77/U.S. 21 southbound through downtown Charlotte as they approach Exit 10A/U.S. 29/North Carolina 27, Morehead Street. U.S. 29 travels through downtown to the east while North Carolina 27 enters Interstate 277 shortly after the downtown loop begins. Photo taken 10/05/01.
Nearing Interstate 277/U.S. 74 east and North Carolina 160 (Exit 9) on Interstate 77/U.S. 21 southbound. Direct access to U.S. 29/North Carolina 27 is only available to southbound motorists. Travelers on Interstate 77/U.S. 21 northbound wishing to access these highways must use Interstate 277 east. Photo taken 10/05/01.
The off-ramp to Interstate 277 and U.S. 74 east also connects to North Carolina 160/West Boulevard and U.S. 74 west/Wilkinson Boulevard. This scenario is the case because the ramp begins a collector/distributor roadway system. The southern half of Interstate 277 (between Interstate 77 and Independence Boulevard) is designed the John Belk Freeway. Photo taken 10/05/01.
Continuing southward on the Exit 9 collector/distributor roadway to the Interstate 277/U.S. 74 eastbound cloverleaf ramp. U.S. 74 overlaps with Interstate 277 for two miles. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Next Three Interstate Junctions for Interstate 77 south
0.75 mile guide sign for Interstate 277 east on Interstate 77/U.S. 21 northbound. Exit 9 also serves U.S. 74/Wilkinson Boulevard as the US route merges onto Interstate 277 east. Traffic to U.S. 29/North Carolina 27 must use Interstate 277 eastbound as well. Photo taken by Daniel Davis (12/02).
The split of Interstate 277 east from Interstate 77/U.S. 21 northbound. The downtown loop returns to Interstate 77 in two miles as the Brookshire Freeway. Ericsson Stadium, home to the NFL Carolina Panthers, is situated just north of the first mile of Interstate 277. Photo taken by Daniel Davis (12/02).
Northern Terminus - Interstate 77 and U.S. 21 - northwest of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina
Perspective from Interstate 277 north
Interstate 277 northbound, 0.75 miles from the terminus with Interstate 77/U.S. 21 and transition to North Carolina 16/Brookshire Boulevard. The control cities for Interstate 77 include Statesville (where Interstate 77 intersects Interstate 40) to the north and Rock Hill, South Carolina to the south. Photo taken 10/05/01.
Interstate 277 prepares to switch over to North Carolina 16 as the Brookshire Freeway enters the Interstate 77 interchange. Although some maps shown North Carolina 16/Brookshire Boulevard as a full freeway, there are at-grade intersections between Interstate 77 and Interstate 85. Nonetheless, the highway is a useful route between Interstate 85 and downtown Charlotte. Photo taken 12/99.
Interstate 277 ends as North Carolina 16 continues northwestward. Departing at the right is the northbound Interstate 77 ramp. Interstate 85 is shown on the guide sign as it is intersected in two miles at Exit 13. Incidentally, the interchange of Interstate 85 and North Carolina 16 is one of a handful of Charlotte area SPUI's. Photo taken 10/05/01.
Perspective from Interstate 77/U.S. 21 south
Just south of the Interstate 77/85 interchange, the 1.25 mile guide sign for Interstate 277/Exit 11. The highway is referred to as the Brookshire Freeway on guide signs. Exit 12 is ahead with LaSalle Street. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).
Southbound Interstate 77 reaches Exit 12, La Salle Street. The next exit is Junction Interstate 277 and North Carolina 16, the Brookshire Freeway. Photo taken 06/22/05.
This mileage sign provides the distance to the next three upcoming exits sign on Interstate 77/U.S. 21 southbound, 0.75 miles north of the Brookshire Freeway. Note that neither an Interstate 277 shield nor North Carolina 16 shield is used on this sign. Fifth Street and Trade Street are the two following exits. Photo taken 06/22/05.
A collector/distributor roadway also facilitates traffic movements to the Brookshire Freeway. This southbound photo looks at the departure of Exit 11 from southbound Interstate 77/U.S. 21. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).
Now on the collector-distributor lanes for Exit 11, the right lane connects to North Carolina 16 west and the left lane connects to Interstate 277 east. The first Interstate 277 exit to the southeast connects with U.S. 29 at Exit 4. North Carolina 16 follows Interstate 277 southward to Exit 2. The state highway travels south through the city to Exit 57 of Interstate 485 and onward to Weddington. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Perspective from Interstate 77/U.S. 21 north
Traveling northbound on Interstate 77/U.S. 21 as they near Exit 11A/B for the Brookshire Freeway. A left-hand exit departs to North Carolina 16 north for Interstate 85 southbound traffic. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Exit 11A for Interstate 277/North Carolina 16 south departs Interstate 77/U.S. 21 northbound. U.S. 21 will part ways for its first independent stretch in the Tarheel State in five miles. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Next Three Interstate Junctions for Interstate 77 north
Entering the terminus interchange of Interstate 277 on North Carolina 16 southbound. To the right traffic departs to Interstate 77/U.S. 21 southbound and to adjacent Fifth and Trade Streets. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).
The first Interstate 277 reassurance shield in the southbound direction, posted between the north and southbound ramps of Interstate 77/U.S. 21. Interstate 277 meets U.S. 74 in about three miles. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).
The northbound Interstate 77/U.S. 21 cloverleaf ramp departs Interstate 277/North Carolina 16 south. Interstate 85 is just two miles to the north of this junction. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).