We'll be heading to HHI within the next few weeks.. We're from Columbus OH. The plan is to head out at 6:00 a.m. (on a Friday) and hopefully get through Charlotte by about 2:00 p.m. I'm aware of the construction on I-77. It's been a pain in the rump for at least the last two years. In the past, we've left home closer to 7:00 a.m., and got to Charlotte at about 3:00 p.m. , right at rush hour time. Aaaagh! Will traffic be any better at 2:00? If not, I'll detour around like we did last year. From I-77 South, take I-40 West (Statesville exit) to Rte. 16 South to 485 South to I-77 South. It looks quicker on the map than it actually is, but it beats sitting in bumper-to-bumper going-nowhere- fast traffic on I-77. So, take a chance on I-77, or plan on detouring?