See, Click, Fix: Is I-77 Leaking?

By John Carter - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Our latest See, Click, Fix investigation asks the question:  is Interstate 77 leaking?

We found an area on I-77 southbound in Charlotte at exit 12 just before you get to the LaSalle Street bridge, that's oftentimes wet.

There appears to be a crack in the highway running about 10 to 15 yards and there are definitely a couple of small potholes here as well.  There's water in them.

Based on what we saw when we were out there, it doesn't appear this is water that drained into those holes.  It actually looks as if the water may be coming up from below the highway.

And when traffic goes across those water filled holes it splashes up onto the highway.

It was well above freezing when we were recently out at the site, so the water that was on the highway was really no problem. But consider this...the temperatures have been well below freezing many nights here recently, so that water freezes overnight and it forms a thin sheet of ice here on I-77 south.

And we all know ice on a road can be dangerous.  So what's going on here?  Is I-77 leaking?Where is that water coming from?

The answer right now is we don't know.  But we have been in touch with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and engineers are looking into the issue right now.

We'll let you know what they find out and whether this is a problem that can be fixed.

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