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.
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