Interstate 277 North Carolina

History
North End
South End

Overview

Interstate 277 encircles the central business district of Charlotte to the east of I-77 and U.S. 21. The north end connects with North Carolina 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.

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 1987.1

Route Information

  • North End – Charlotte, NC

  • South End – Charlotte, NC

  • Mileage – 4.46

  • Cities – Charlotte

  • JunctionsI-77

Source: December 31, 2017 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

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

Perspective from Interstate 277 north & North Carolina 16 west
0.75 miles from the multi level interchange with Interstate 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 10/05/01.
North Carolina 16 extends 1.75 miles northwest from I-277 and I-77 along the Brookshire Freeway to Idaho Drive. Photo taken 12/99.
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. There is no access to I-77 south at this exchange. Photo taken 10/05/01.
Perspective from Interstate 77 & U.S. 21 south
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 Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).
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 Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).
Perspective from Interstate 77 & U.S. 21 north
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 by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
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 East 3rd Street. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Perspective from North Carolina 16 south
N.C. 16 (Brookshire Freeway) spans Irwin Creek at the off-ramp for I-77 & U.S. 21 south. Interstate 277 begins here. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).
The first confirming marker for I-277 south / inner loop stands within the exchange at I-77 and U.S. 21. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).
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 by Chris Patriarca (04/07/03).

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

Perspective from Interstate 277 south & U.S. 74 west
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 by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Exit 1C departs I-277 south for Interstate 77 & U.S. 21 north. U.S. 74 continues from the freeway end to U.S. 29 along Wilkinson Boulevard via Exit 1A. Photo taken by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Perspective from Interstate 77 & U.S. 21 south
U.S. 29 arcs north from I-277 along Morehead Street, crossing I-77/U.S. 21 just ahead of the exchange with U.S. 74 (Wilkinson Boulevard). Photo taken 10/05/01.
Exit 10A leaves I-77/U.S. 21 south for U.S. 29/NC 27 (Morehead Street). A loop ramp (Exit 9) follows for I-277/U.S. 74 east. Photo taken 10/05/01.
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 10/05/01.
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 by Chris Patriarca (04/06/03).
Perspective from Interstate 77 & U.S. 21 north
0.75 mile guide sign for 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/NC 27 (Morehead Street). Photo taken by Daniel Davis (12/02).
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. Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL Carolina Panthers, lies 0.6 miles to the east via the John Belk Freeway. Photo taken by Daniel Davis (12/02).

Page updated January 26, 2019.