Interstate 77 toll lanes from Mooresville to Hambright Road in Huntersville will “open soon,” a spokeswoman for the project’s lead contractor says.
And that’s about as specific as I-77 Mobility Partners is going to be for now.
What is certain, though, is that workers plan to begin testing electronic signs over the “express lanes” on Monday.
“Drivers may also see test-related vehicles in I-77 Express as this testing is occurring,” said I-77 Mobility Partners’ Jean Leier. “Each entrance onto I-77 Express will continue to be closed and blocked as the lanes are not in service during this testing period.”
Signs on the right side of the highway will display rotating digital messages “EXPRESS LANES ARE CLOSED” and “TEST,” Leier added.
When the lanes open, drivers initially will get a 25 percent “promotional rate” discount on tolls, Leier said.
The “dynamic tolling” system will set rates based on the amount of traffic on sections of the interstate. Tolls will be higher when there is heavy traffic, and lower when the volume is lighter.
The northern section, from Exit 36 to just south of Exit 23, will be the first portion of the 26-mile project to be completed.