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Construction on I-77 toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville is expected to begin next year. More than 120 people came out to Mooresville to learn about the lanes and sign petitions to stop the project. The meeting was organized by the group Widen I-77, which is against the toll lanes.

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 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.


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.

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.

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.

Study Shows I-77 Toll Lane Trip Could Top Out At $11

Jun 23, 2014

A 2012 study indicates a trip between uptown Charlotte and Mooresville on an express toll lane could cost between $9 to $11 during rush hour.

State Names Top Bidder For I-77 Widening

Apr 13, 2014

A long awaited project to widen I-77 north of Charlotte could start as early as December, state officials said Friday. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said Friday that a partnership led by a Spanish company that specializes in toll lanes is the apparent winning bidder on the project.


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.

Commissioners Interview County Manager Finalists

Dec 15, 2013

Mecklenburg County commissioners are closing in on a choice for county manager. The board interviewed finalists for the job in closed door meetings on Friday and Saturday at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

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.