10:57 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Officials Back Toll Lanes As The Best Way To Widen I-77 Soon

  Lake Norman area economic development leaders have joined the debate over how to widen I-77 north of Charlotte, saying they support the state DOT’s plan to complete the project using High Occupancy Toll lanes.

The chairman and director of the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corp. say it’s critical to widen I-77 as soon as possible. They say HOT lanes, also known as managed lanes, are the best way to get the job done.

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10:08 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Cornelius Commissioners Want State To Reconsider I-77 Tolls

Traffic crawls south on I-77 near mile 27 Tuesday. State officials plan to use toll lanes to help pay for widening the stretch of road. But Cornelius commissioners want the state to reconsider.
Credit David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net

Cornelius commissioners on Tuesday added their voices to those questioning the state’s plans to construct toll lanes to help pay for widening I-77 north of Charlotte.

  In a 4-0 vote, the board approved a resolution asking the Lake Norman Transportation Commission – a regional lobbying group that includes Cornelius – to study how the jammed interstate might be widened with general purpose lanes instead of tolls.

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5:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Uptown Loop Study Identifies Safety Risks

Landscapers planted flowers in the media of I-277 to welcome DNC attendees entering the city center.Researchers will issue recommendations to City Council for improving the Uptown interstate loop system.
Julie Rose

A year-long study of the Uptown loop has been completed and will be presented to City Council Monday night. It's the first step to get funding for improvements to target safety.

Cheryl Myers is the senior vice president for planning and development for Charlotte Center City Partners. In 2011, her group unveiled a set of recommendations to City Council including doing a study of the city's interstate highway system. The city-commissioned Uptown Loop Study is the first comprehensive study of the loop since it was completed in 1981. 

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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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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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