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United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

I-77 HOT Lanes

I-77 Schematic
Project Type
Roads and Bridges
Financing Type
Credit Agreement Executed
North Carolina Department of Transportation; Cintra Infraestructuras, S.A.
Project Description

The I-77 Managed Lanes project will add 26 miles of variably priced managed lanes along I-77 and I-277 in Charlotte, North Carolina north through Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. The project will provide two 17.1-mile HOT lanes in both directions from I-277 (Brookshire Freeway) near Charlotte Center City to Catawba Avenue in Cornelius and one HOT lane per direction for an additional 8.8 miles from to NC 150 in Mooresville. At the southern end of the corridor, direct connector ramps will extend the lanes an additional 1.3 miles along I-277.

The project will enhance mobility and travel time reliability in the I-77 corridor north of Charlotte. This region has experienced significant population growth during the past 25 years, particularly in the communities along the northern portion of the corridor in Iredell County. Population growth in this portion of the region expanded at a rate 50 percent greater than the average state rate between 2000 and 2010. As a result, the I-77 corridor currently experiences significant congestion which would worsen in the absence of the improvements.

This project leverages TIFIA financing to reduce overall project costs by approximately $50 million, and it utilizes a public-private partnership (P3) structure to reach completion faster through investments by a private firm.  The private sector partner, Cintra, will invest the $248 million to design, build, operate and maintain the express lanes project in exchange for toll revenue generated from the lanes.  The North Carolina Department of Transportation will invest $88 million toward the $636 million project.  According to the Project, the proposed I-77 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes will support the growing population of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina area and further facilitate growth, allowing for continued economic expansion with businesses moving to the area and promote economic development. This project will support a vital route for regional commerce and alleviate delays and excessive travel times to meet predicted growth in Mecklenburg County.

Project Details
TIFIA Assistance
Primary Revenue Pledge
Toll Revenues
Project Cost
Fiscal Year Closed
Commercial close was reached on June 26, 2014. Construction began in August 2015 and is expected to be substantially complete in 2018.
Funding Sources
Senior PABs: $100M
Bond Premium: $3.6M
Equity: $248M
Public Funds: $94.7M
Interest Income: $0.5M
TIFIA Loan: $189M
Project Delivery/Contract Method
DBFOM (Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Maintain)
Project Participants
Cintra Infraestructuras, S.A.; F.A. Southeast; W.C. English; The Louis Berger Group
Project Advisers/Consultants

Technical Advisor: Parsons Brinckerhoff

Traffic and Revenue Advisor: Stantec

Financial Advisor: KPMG

Counsel to the NCDOT: Nossaman LLP

To Borrower:

Traffic and Revenue Advisor: C&M Associates, Inc.

Counsel to Borrower: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP


TIFIA Legal Advisor: Shearman & Sterling LLP

TIFIA Financial Advisor: IMG Rebel
Project Lender
Bondholders, USDOT TIFIA
Credit Assistance Detail
Direct loan: $189 million
Financial Status
TIFIA credit agreement signed in May 2015. Interest and principal payments are expected to start in 2033; final loan maturity is expected to occur in 2053.
Application Details
North Carolina Department of Transportation
LOI Fiscal Year Received
LOI Received Date
Application Received Fiscal Year
Application Received Date
Credit Agreement Executed
Initial Eligibility Review
Review complete
Creditworthiness Review
Review complete
Application Review
Review complete
Estimated Project Cost
TIFIA Request
Instrument Type
Direct Loan