I-77 Express Lanes

Location: Charlotte, North CarolinaLength: 26 MilesProject Value: $648 Million
Congestion relief, business opportunities, economic growth and more travel options coming soon to the I-77 corridor.
In 2014, a Cintra-led consortium was selected to develop the I-77 Express Lanes project in Charlotte, N.C. The 26-mile project will connect a metropolitan area in the northern part of Charlotte with four municipalities near Lake Norman. The project consists of constructing new express lanes, converting the current High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to Express Lanes, repaving the general purpose lanes and implementing a dynamic pricing toll system.

There will be two express lanes on I-77 in each direction between Charlotte and Exit 28 in Cornelius, and one express lane in either direction from Exit 28 in Cornelius to Exit 36 in Mooresville. Two major interchanges will be built at I-85 and I-277 in the City of Charlotte. Two direct connectors into the express lanes will be built at Hambright and Lakeview Roads.

Portions of the project require widening an existing roadway with 120,000 annual average daily traffic in one segment and 170,000 in another. To accommodate these large traffic volumes, construction will be completed without reducing the number of existing lanes during peak travel times.

Once completed, the I-77 Express Lanes will help foster new economic development along the corridor while enhancing access to existing businesses, which translates to new jobs and sales tax revenue for the cities located along and near the corridor. As travel times are reduced, businesses in the corridor will become more accessible to a larger number of customers from neighboring areas.

Facility Type: General purpose and tolled managed lanes
Start of Concession: 2018
End of Concession: 2068
Term of Concession: 50 years
Concession Company: I-77 Mobility Partners, LLC
Client: North Carolina Department of Transportation
Equity Structure: 50.1% Cintra Infraestructuras S.A; 29.9% Other Investor; 10% John Laing; 10% Aberdeen
Website: www.i77express.com
Cintra, as the leader of the concession, and Ferrovial Agroman will apply their experience participating in state DOT On-the-Job Training (OJT) programs nationwide to develop the workforce on this project. This team will use a traditional OJT program that will then be customized for certain trades to address and focus on certain workforce concerns. Also through classroom training, we will maximize the use of hands-on training for both employees and subcontractors that will be provided by technical experts in the field and/or qualified trainers. This approach results in immediate benefits by providing actual work experience.
  • In May 2017, I-77 Mobility Partners donated $50,000 to support Discovery Place Education Studio, which provides ongoing professional development for pre K-12 educators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • In April 2017, I-77 Mobility Partners participated in Tech Field Day at Torrence Creek Elementary in Huntersville. A design and construction engineer talked with students about all types of careers in engineering. Students were given a team exercise to bring a drawing of a building to life with Legos.
  • I-77 Mobility Partners presented the Greenville Neighborhood Community Youth Organization a check for $1,000 to assist with the youth marching corp and learning center in March 2017.
  • I-77 Mobility Partners collected 258 pounds of food and items for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in February 2017.
  • At the start of the 2015 school year, members of the I-77 Mobility Partners team participated in the Briarwood Academy’s clean-up day. The team helped paint rooms, clean-up the school grounds, and other tasks to get the school ready for the students’ return. I-77 Mobility Partners also donated six new picnic tables to the school.
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