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I-77 and West Trade Street underpass enhancements

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West Trade/Rozzelles Ferry Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program​​ (CNIP)

Project phase
​​​​​Consultant rendering of I-77/West Trade Underpass Enhancements project. Please note this rendering is for illustrative purposes only. 
​​​"Passing Through Light" by Erwin Redl
A public art installation at the I-77 underpass at West Trade Street, featuring sequences of light, creating a gateway between Uptown and West Charlotte. Paid for by Johnson C. Smith University and the City of Charlotte and made possible by the Arts & Science Council.​


 Project updates

In November 2014, voters approved $20 million for the Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP). This project was selected as one of the projects to move forward under the West Trade/Rozzelle's Ferry CNIP​.
This project will make improvements to the underpass of the I-77 bridge on West Trade Street. Recommended improvements include lighting, landscaping, wayfinding signage and artwork. Design improvements will be implemented that will support the CityLYNX Gold Line. Aesthetic improvements will make the space under the bridge safer and more comfortable for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists traveling to points east and west of West Trade Street. 
  • To provide residents of the West Trade Street corridor with a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly roadway

  • To keep residents and business owners informed of construction progress and minimize​​ disruption through mailers and website updates. 

A series of neighborhood meetings, public meetings, stakeholder interviews and charrettes were held during the pre-planning phase for the West Trade/Rozzelles Ferry CNIP. The project team met with more than 400 residents and attended more than 60 neighborhood meetings. To view details, visit the West Trade/Rozzelles CNIP page​.​​

$3.1 million


​​​Please note this is the funding amount and includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, acquiring the right of way, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, signalization, permits and landscaping.


​Existing conditions. Click image to view a larger version.

I-77 and West Trade underpass existing conditions​​