David Boraks

  GRAHAM – A Superior Court judge in Alamance County says he will rule by week’s end on a request by anti-toll group Widen I-77 to delay the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to widen I-77 north of Charlotte using toll lanes.

Judge Osmand Smith III heard arguments Tuesday for and against the motion from a parade of lawyers from Widen I-77 and the two defendants in the case, the NCDOT and its contractor I-77 Mobility Partners. 

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Firefighters have recovered the body of a man who apparently drowned Sunday night while boating off the Belle Isle Drive area of on Lake Norman in Cornelius.

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Rodger Rochelle is the NC Department of Transportation’s director of technical services, working deep in the trenches on contracts, technical specifications and research and development. After Monday night’s Town Board meeting at Cornelius Town Hall, he can add “punching bag” to his job description.

DOT Signs 1-77 Widening Contract With Cintra

Jun 26, 2014
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The NC Department of Transportation said Thursday it has signed a preliminary contract with Spanish construction giant Cintra Infraestructures to widen 26 miles of I-77 north of Charlotte using high-occupancy toll lanes, or HOT lanes. North Carolina will contribute $88 million in public money to the $655 million project under the 50-year deal.

See the full announcement below.

Developers are trying to assemble several parcels of land off I-77 Service Road in the Exit 28 area for a proposed Cornelius Sports Complex, which could include athletic courts, office buildings and a medical office building.

HUNTERSVILLE - Central Piedmont Community College’s Huntersville campus off Verhoeff Drive was locked down for about 45 minutes Wednesday morning as police searched the area on foot and with a helicopter after a student thought he saw another student with a gun. The nearby Lake Norman Charter School also was briefly on lockdown. In the end, the weapon turned out to be a paintball gun

Revaluation Bill Passes House, Now Goes To Governor

Jul 16, 2013

The N.C. House of Representatives on Monday night gave final legislative approval to a bill that requires Mecklenburg County to redo the flawed 2011 property revaluation and issue refunds – with interest – to any property owners overcharged.

Here’s an update on a story we brought you a couple of weeks ago, about plans for a public swimming beach on Lake Norman, at Ramsey Creek Park in Cornelius. It now appears that the new beach may not be open in Summer 2014, as originally reported.

Commissioner Karen Bentley said Tuesday that Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation officials have told her it could be 2016 before a swimming area is open at Ramsey Creek Park, though she says even that is a “fluid date. ”

Cornelius Board Votes 3-2 To Back I-77 Toll Lane Project

May 8, 2013

Months of debate among Cornelius commissioners over the NC Department of Transportation’s plan to widen I-77 north of Charlotte by adding toll lanes ended dramatically and quickly Monday night in a 3-2 vote in favor of the concept. With the board still one member short because of a vacancy, it was up to Mayor Lynette Rinker to break a 2-2 tie on the issue.

MUMPO Meetings This Week Seek Comment On I-77 HOT Lanes

Apr 9, 2013
Charlotte's roads are jammed, but the McCrory administration says the state's new road funding formula will help.
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  A formal public comment period is open through April 22 on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s plan to widen I-77 north of Charlotte by adding high-occupancy toll lanes, or HOT lanes. The Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO) plans public meetings Wednesday in Huntersville and Thursday in Charlotte as part of its effort to gather input on the plan.

The DOT has proposed a half-billion-dollar project to improve I-77 between I-227 in Charlotte and Exit 36 in Mooresville, in part by adding toll lanes, or “managed lanes.”