The Shoulders Of I-77 Will Become Travel Lanes During Rush Hour

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The shoulders of Interstate 77 just north of Charlotte will become travel lanes during rush hour, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Jen Thompson with the NCDOT says the peak period shoulder lanes are part of Secretary Trogdon’s “Improve, Expand, Protect” action plan that can be viewed HERE.

NCDOT is evaluating eleven different locations to potentially use outside shoulders for travel during peak periods and based on the evaluation, will implement shoulder lanes in the sections that provide the most value, according to a news release.

They are also evaluating design options and costs for the project.  Once those are finalized, NCDOT says they will have a better idea of the construction timeline.

Wednesday night, the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization voted to fund the $47 million project.

Be sure to watch WCCB News @ TEN tonight as anchor Drew Bollea has more on the story.