Louis Berger to Design North Carolina Interstate’s HOT Lanes; Mike Kirk Comments

Louis-Berger-GroupThe Louis Berger Group will lead design work on a $655 million project to add high-occupancy-toll lanes on a 26-mile stretch of Interstate 77 in North Carolina.

This is the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s first foray into a public-private partnership contract, Louis Berger said Wednesday.

Mike Kirk, vice president for Louis Berger’s design-build practice, said the company will aim to address I-77’s traffic flow and travel time reliability issues.

Work on the I-77 segments between Brookshire Freeway in Charlotte and N.C. 150 in Iredell County could start by December 2014 and end in mid-2018, Louis Berger said.

Cintra is leading the project to develop HOT lanes with the goal of relieving traffic congestion in the region.

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