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I-77 Corridor Study


Beyond 77 project

Beyond 77 Vision & Goals

The Charlotte metro and surrounding regions are growing every day. Beyond 77 is a study designed to help address this dynamic growth, and create long-term transportation solutions within the I-77 study area. The I-77 study area is greater than just the interstate itself. It is a network of connections that allow us to mobilize our lives every day. Our goal is to develop a plan that improves your daily commute and ultimately moves this community forward.

CRTPO kicked off Beyond 77 - a study focused on improving the user experience on and around the I-77 corridor. We are looking at travel patterns, transportation needs and desires of local residents. Your involvement will directly impact the future of travel along the I-77 study area.

For more information and to receive notifications, please visit the following websites:

Project website: Beyond77.com
Story Map: https://atkinsna.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=937f33e4787c48dd97417ee232619828
GIS explorer: https://arcg.is/1XSW50 (use Google Chrome)

Project History:

  • On June 24 and 28, 2021, the project team conducted two workshops with the committees to go over the results of phase III and to gather input regarding the final list of S&Ss and the implementation plan draft.
  • May 16, 2021, the project team started working on its final phase.  Implementation plan and alternative funding concepts.
  • The Phase III survey opened on April 1 and it closed on May 15, 2021.
  • March 11, 2021, in preparation for the 3rd phase of the public engagement, the project team conducted two meetings with both committees to provide an update and expectations for the remaining of the study.
  • Jan 2021, the project team conducted an open house meeting with the steering committee to go over the initial list of S&Ss, initial list contains over 250 individual S&Ss.
  • Dec 2020, the project team started consolidating a list of potential strategies and solutions (S&Ss) to eventually be the final recommendations.
  • The Phase II survey opened on August 17 and it closed on September 16, 2020.
  • The study website, Beyond77.com, and survey when live on January 16, 2020; officially launching the public engagement campaign for Beyond 77 – move us forward.
  • Three stakeholders meetings were held on December 17, December 18 and January 28 at the Charles Mack Center in Mooresville, CPCC Harper Campus in Charlotte and Center City Partners in Charlotte, respectively.
  • The marketing plan was reviewed and approved by CRTPO staff on December 2, 2019.
  • Data collection and the Phase 1 kickoff meeting was conducted on November 5, 2019 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
  • Project plans, phases and tasks were reviewed and approved by CRTPO staff and the technical committee following the kickoff meeting.
  • The I-77 Corridor Study official kickoff meeting was conducted on September 13, 2019 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center.
  • Atkins Engineering Inc. was selected as the prime consultant; the four subconsultants are CDM Smith, DRMP, BowStern and the Conti Group.
  • On October 22, 2018, Charlotte City Council approved the execution of a municipal agreement with NCDOT to accept funding and negotiate the consultant contract.
  • Technical scoping meetings were held with the Technical Coordinating Committee members from varies municipalities along 77. A draft technical scope and study area was outlined during these meetings and used to develop the advertisement of the RFQ for the study, which closed on August 7th.
  • In Winter of 2017, interest meetings with elected officials from jurisdictions along the corridor and stakeholder agency leadership were held. The attendees provided meaningful feedback and expressed their thoughts on the significance of the study.
  • The draft project limits are from Statesville, NC at exit 54 (US-21) to Rock Hill, SC at exit 77 (US-21) which is approximately 68 miles.
  • The study will be funded using $2 million of NCDOT State Planning and Research Funds and is anticipated to be completed within 2 years.
  • A major focus of the study area will be the parallel network and the east west connections along the corridor as well as other modes of transportation.
  • The I-77 Corridor Study will comprehensively capitalize on past efforts and generate a vision for the overall system as well as identify strategies for achieving the vision through an ongoing collaborative community engagement process.

Agustin Rodriguez, PE
CRTPO Project Manager