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I-277 drivers, say your piece

Do you spend much of your driving time on the I-77/277 loop?

If so, the Charlotte Department of Transportation wants your opinion on what it should fix on the Charlotte beltway.

On the CDOT Web site, you can take a 10-minute survey that asks about the exits you most use, problems, your thoughts on a freeway cap that would promote walking and biking to uptown and how you would improve the loop. The survey will finish Aug. 6, with results available Aug. 8.

“We're really interested in whatever comments that we get,” said Jim Kimbler, a city transportation planner.

Following the survey, CDOT representatives, city planners and other leaders will meet with consulting firm HNTB and urban planners from around the country (free of charge) for a four-day work session on what should happen with the loop resulting in a final presentation Aug. 14.

Fully opened in the 1980s, the 277 loop spans about 4.4 miles. The portion around South Boulevard and College Streets is being revamped to better serve vehicle and pedestrian traffic for the scheduled 2010 opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

To participate in the survey, go to

Heads up

DILWORTH: About 500 runners will take to the streets Saturday for the Dilworth Jubilee 8k. Expect slow driving and detours for the following roads: Beverly, Dilworth, Park, Myrtle, Morehead, East, Euclid, Lexington and Romany. The race starts at 8 a.m.

UPTOWN: Though it's only a preseason game, the Carolina Panthers are back. The Panthers will host the Indianapolis Colts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, which means crowded parking areas and clogged roads around Bank of America Stadium. Keep that in mind if traveling to uptown Saturday evening.