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Work to begin on new north Charlotte connector bridge, part of I-77 toll lanes project

Traffic heads south on I-77 as construction continued at Huntersville exit 23 on the I-77 toll lanes last year.
Traffic heads south on I-77 as construction continued at Huntersville exit 23 on the I-77 toll lanes last year. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Drivers on Interstate 77 northbound will be detoured late Saturday and early Sunday to create space in the median for upcoming construction of a new Lakeview Road connector bridge. The bridge in north Charlotte is part of the I-77 toll lanes project.

The detour will last from 11 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday, I-77 Mobility Partners said Friday.

Drivers on I-77 north will take Interstate 85 north to the I-485 Outer Loop. Once on I-485, drivers will be directed about six miles to the I-77 Huntersville entrance ramp to continue north on I-77

The bridge project will start with crews realigning I-77’s northbound lanes at the Lakeview Road overpass. The entrance ramp to I-77 north from Sunset Road will be temporarily closed during this weekend’s detour. The northbound ramp at W.T. Harris Boulevard will remain open.

Construction of the connector bridge will occur in phases. The new half of the new bridge will be built first. Crews will then take down the existing bridge to build the second half of the new bridge.

The new bridge will feature two lanes in each direction, a dedicated turning lane onto the I-77 toll, or “express” lanes in each direction, and bike lanes and sidewalks.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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