Interstate 277 North Carolina

I-277 North Carolina
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I-277 - Charlotte, NC Map

Overview

I-277 at South Blvd - Charlotte, NC

Interstate 277 at South Boulevard in Uptown Charlotte. 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 NC 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 included reconstruction of the exchange joining I-277 with I-77 and the Brookshire Freeway (NC 16). Flyovers linking I-277 with the Express Lanes were constructed and 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 ran through Winter 2020.

History

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (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 North at I-77 US 21

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

One mile ahead of the multi level interchange with I-77/U.S. 21 on I-277/NC 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. 05/31/21

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

Separate ramps depart from I-277/NC 16 north at Exit 5A for the general travel lanes along I-77/U.S. 21 north and the tolled Express Lanes to Mooresville. 05/31/21

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. 05/31/21

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

NC 16 extends 1.75 miles northwest from I-277 and I-77 along the Brookshire Freeway to Idaho Drive. 05/31/21

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

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

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

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

Heading south from the exchange with I-85, I-77/U.S. 21 advance south by the Lincoln Heights community to Atando Avenue and Exit 11 for I-277/NC 16. 05/31/21

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

Separate exits depart from the general travel lanes of I-77/U.S. 21 south and the tolled Express Lanes for I-277/NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway) south. 05/31/21

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

The Express Lanes conclude southbound within the cloverstack interchange (Exit 11) at I-277 south and NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway). 05/31/21

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

Exit 11 partitions for NC 16 (Brookshore Freeway) north to McCrorey Heights and Washington Heights and I-277/NC 16 east to Uptown and Belmont. 05/31/21

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

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

I-77/U.S. 21 advance a half mile from W Trade Street to Exit 11A for I-277/NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway) south and one mile to the tolled Express Lanes. 05/31/21

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

I-277/NC 16 angle southeast through the Greenville community to U.S. 29/NC 49 (Graham Street) and the Fourth Ward outside Downtown Charlotte. NC 16 follows I-277 for 2.47 miles to E 3rd Street. 05/31/21

NC 16 South 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 NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway) spans Irwin Creek at the off-ramp for I-77/U.S. 21 south. 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. 05/26/19

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

A loop ramp (Exit 5A) joins NC 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). 06/01/07

I-277 North End Throwback

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

I-277/NC 16 - Brookshire Fwy north at I-77/US 21 - 2012

Succeeding entrance ramps join I-277/NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway) from parallel W 12th Street at the Fourth Ward in Charlotte, 0.75 miles from the exchange with I-77/U.S. 21. 06/01/12

I-277/NC 16 - Brookshire Fwy north at I-77/US 21 - 2012

I-277/NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway) elevate across Norfolk Southern Railroad lines and NC Music Factory Boulevard ahead of simultaneous exit ramps for I-77/U.S. 21. 06/01/12

I-277/NC 16 - Brookshire Fwy north at I-77/US 21 - 2012

Left Exit 5B departed from I-277/NC 16 north for I-77/U.S. 21 south to Rock Hill and Columbia, South Carolina. 06/01/12

I-277/NC 16 - Brookshire Fwy north at I-77/US 21 - 2012

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

I-77 US 21 North 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 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 by Carter Buchanan (08/11/13).

South End I-77 US 21 US 74 NC 27 – southwest of Downtown Charlotte, North Carolina

I-277 South US 74 NC 27 West at I-77 US 21

I-277/US 74-NC 27 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 Exits 1C/B for I-77/U.S. 21. 06/01/12

I-277/US 74-NC 27 west at I-77 - Charlotte, NC

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

I-277/US 74-NC 27 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. 05/26/19

I-277/US 74-NC 27 west at Wilkinson Blvd - Charlotte, NC

U.S. 74 continues from the freeway end along Wilkinson Boulevard beyond Exit 1A for NC 27 (Freedom Drive) west to U.S. 29 (Morehead Street). 05/26/19

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

An end shield for Interstate 277 stands ahead of the overpass for Freedom Drive (NC 27 east). 05/26/19

US 74 East at I-77 I-277 US 21 NC 27

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

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

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

NC 27 (Freedom Drive) spans U.S. 74 south from U.S. 29 (Morehead Street) and joins I-277 from adjacent Clarkson Street beyond the loop ramp for I-77/U.S. 21 north to Statesville. 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. 12/15/16

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

I-277/U.S. 74-NC 27 combine east along the John Belk Freeway through Uptown Charlotte. I-77/U.S. 21 overlap or parallel one another north to Huntersville, Statesville, Elkin and Wytheville, Virginia. 12/15/16

I-77 US 21 North at I-277 US 74 NC 27

I-77 north at I-277/US 74-NC 27 - Charlotte, NC

A c/d roadway separates from I-77/U.S. 21 north for I-277/U.S. 74 (John Belk Freeway) east, U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) west and NC 27 (Freedom Drive) west to U.S. 29 (Morehead Street). 05/31/21

I-77 north at I-277/US 74-NC 27 - Charlotte, NC

NC 27 was realigned from parallel Morehead and McDowell Streets onto I-277 east from U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard) at Freedom Drive to Independence Boulevard by 2021. 05/31/21

I-77 north at I-277/US 74-NC 27 - Charlotte, NC

Two lanes partition from I-77 north for the c/d roadway (Exit 9) to I-277, U.S. 74 and NC 27. I-277 returns to I-77 in 1.8 miles. 05/31/21

I-77 north at I-277/US 74-NC 27 - Charlotte, NC

Exit 9B merges on the left side of I-277/U.S. 74-NC 27 just ahead of the Carson Boulevard off-ramp to Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL Carolina Panthers. 05/31/21

I-77 US 21 South at I-277 US 74 NC 27

I-77 south at I-277/US 74-NC 27 - Charlotte

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). 05/31/21

I-77 south at I-277/US 74-NC 27 - Charlotte

U.S. 74/NC 27 overlap with I-277 for 2.36 miles along the John Belk Freeway from Wilkinson Boulevard to Independence Boulevard east of Downtown Charlotte. 05/31/21

I-77 south at I-277/US 74-NC 27 - Charlotte

A collector distributor roadway separates from I-77 south for Exit 9 to I-277 (John Belk Freeway) east and NC 160 along West Boulevard. 05/31/21

I-77 south at I-277/US 74-NC 27 - Charlotte

U.S. 74/NC 27 combine east from adjacent Freedom Drive south of Wesley Heights. The two routes join I-277 through the exchange with I-77 ahead of Bank of American Stadium and Uptown Charlotte. 05/31/21

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 July 11, 2021.