Expect overnight detours on Interstate 77 southbound in Charlotte this week.
Crews plan to finish demolishing the northwest corner of the Oaklawn Avenue bridge so a new bridge can be built. The work is part of the I-77 toll lanes project.
The detour is planned for 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Wednesday night through Sunday night between the I-85/I-77 and Brookshire Freeway/I-77 interchanges, I-77 Mobility Partners announced Tuesday night.
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.
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Southbound traffic will be detoured just north of the I-85/I-77 interchange to I-85 southbound to Brookshire Boulevard and back onto I-77 southbound. Ramps leading to that part of I-77 will be temporarily closed during the detour hours.
Traffic on the Oaklawn Avenue bridge will be detoured to the LaSalle Street bridge on the same nights. Detour hours are 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday.
The new bridge will include bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides. The eastern part of the bridge will be wider, providing space under Oaklawn Avenue for a future greenway connection.