MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. -- Bumper to bumper traffic has become the status quo for I-77.

 “It's brutal, anytime during normal business hours you know you're going to be on a backup,” said Clay Hendrix of Cornelius.

After years of construction protests, and delays, you can now see north and southbound express lanes on portions of the interstate.

“I've been seeing a lot of testing going on the last couple of weeks, but really no action yet, but I guess it’s been a process,” said Tony Love of Cornelius.

I-77 Mobility Partners tells Spectrum News testing between Hambright Road in Huntersville and Exit 36 in Mooresville is almost complete. A promo video on their website tells drivers what to expect when the toll lanes are fully operational 

The I-77 Express consists of one or two toll lanes that allow travel in either direction at a minimum speed of 48 miles per hour. 

There will be a free option for drivers with three or more passengers or motorcycles if they have an NC Quick Pass  transponder.

With more travel expected this Memorial Day weekend, road closures and detours will be suspended