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Local News
6:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

I-77 Toll Lane Debate Gets More Intense

Mary Lou Richardson, a member of Widen I-77, wears an anti-tolling button at the group's meeting on Thursday, July 24.
Credit Nick de la Canal/WFAE

 If driving down I-77 is part of your daily commute, you’ll probably agree a solution is needed for the growing congestion on the interstate. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation intends to add toll lanes to ease traffic and potentially provide the state with extra income. But as the plan enters its final stages, the state is experiencing some significant pushback.


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Local News
11:15 am
Thu July 24, 2014

NCDOT Defends I-77 Toll Lanes, But Key Questions Remain Unanswered

A graphic from a 2012 study commissioned by NCDOT shows congestion during the morning hours between WT Harris Boulevard and Gilead Road. NCDOT is proposing toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville.
Credit Stantec/NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is hoping to relieve congestion on I-77 by adding two toll lanes. NCDOT officials came to the Charlotte Chamber Wednesday to talk up the project, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, there are still basic questions that haven’t been answered.

  DOT officials made a hard sell to the Regional Transportation Committee Wednesday for adding toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville on I-77.

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Local News
4:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Leaders Want More Information About I-77 Toll Project

The project would widen I-77 between Mooresville and uptown Charlotte.
Credit North Carolina Dept. of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to sign a contract with a private company to build and operate toll lanes on I-77 between Lake Norman and Uptown Charlotte. But some lawmakers want more answers from the DOT before the state finalizes its agreement.


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Local News
5:24 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

I-277 Noise Walls: One Voted Down, Other Moving Forward

A rendering showing the proposed section of noise wall on I-277.
Credit City of Charlotte

The votes are in on the controversial noise walls proposed for part of I-277. The North Carolina Department of Transportation says it’s moving forward with one section; the other section has been voted down. The next move comes tonight from Charlotte City Council, who along with other groups has said it’s concerned the wall would block views of uptown.

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CorneliusNews.net
12:14 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

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

Traffic on I-77, Sunday afternoon.
Credit David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net

  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.”

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CorneliusNews.net
11:05 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Expert: HOT Lanes Are About A Reliable Ride, Not Easing Traffic

Consultant David Ungemah explains the economics of toll lanes at Cornelius Town Hall Wednesday night.
Credit David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net

  Lake Norman area commuters are hoping that toll lanes will be the answer to traffic jams on I-77 north of Charlotte, helping to pay for widening the road earlier than planned. But an expert in so-called “managed lanes” told local officials Wednesday night toll lanes aren’t about that – they’re about guaranteeing a faster ride for those who choose to use the toll lanes.

“This is a game changing proposition for our highway capacity,” said David Ungemah, a toll-lanes expert with consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff.

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CorneliusNews.net
10:15 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Advisory Board Opposes I-77 Toll Lanes, Seeks Alternatives

Kurt Naas gave a presentation at Thursday's Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board meeting.
Credit David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net

The Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board on Thursday came out against proposed toll lanes for I-77 north of Charlotte and urged local leaders to push for alternatives for widening the congested highway.

In a special meeting at Town Hall, the advisory board of local residents unanimously approved a resolution calling tolls a “financial burden” on Lake Norman area residents. The statement also argued that the state’s toll-financed widening plan won’t improve commuting times on I-77.

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CorneliusNews.net
1:35 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

As Toll-Lane Plans Advance, HOT Lanes Are A Hot Topic

Officials and citizens looked at a map of the proposed HOT lanes north of Charlotte at a May workshop at Cornelius Town Hall.
Credit David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net

  The state Department of Transportation’s proposal to adopt toll lanes to help finance a widening of I-77 north of Charlotte continues to draw attention in north Mecklenburg, in public and private settings. A divided Cornelius Town Board again this week declined to take a public position against the idea. And next week, the North Meck Republican Women will host a meeting Tuesday that will feature an outspoken critic of toll lanes.   The Republican Women’s dinner is scheduled Tuesday, Dec.

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