Overnight detours are planned on Interstate 77 near uptown Charlotte this week as part of the I-77 toll lanes project.
Detours will occur on southbound I-77 between the I-85/I-77 interchange and the Brookshire Freeway/I-77 interchange. The detours will accommodate work on the Oaklawn Avenue bridge and the pedestrian bridge near the LaSalle Street exit, I-77 Mobility Partners announced on Tuesday.
I-77 Mobility Partners is the limited liability corporation formed by Spain-based contractor Cintra to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the 26-mile project from Brookshire Freeway in Charlotte to N.C. 150 in Mooresville.
The first detour is scheduled for 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday. Traffic will detour just north of the I-85/I-77 interchange to I-85 southbound to Brookshire Boulevard and then back to I-77 southbound. The detour will allow crews to safely work under the pedestrian bridge just north of LaSalle Street.
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The same detour will occur over the same hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for work on a new Oaklawn Avenue bridge. Ramps leading to that part of I-77 will be temporarily closed during the overnight construction hours.
Crews are demolishing the northwest corner of the Oaklawn Avenue bridge to build a new bridge that will include bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides. The east part of the bridge will be wider, providing space under Oaklawn Avenue for a future greenway connection, .
Traffic on the Oaklawn Avenue bridge will be detoured to the LaSalle Street bridge from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.