Sunday Headlines
9:56 am
Sun April 13, 2014

State Names Top Bidder For I-77 Widening

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.

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9:33 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Developers Want Exit 28 Site For Multi-Sport Complex

Site plan shows a mix of buildings, including the multi-sport center at left, office buildings along I-77 Service Road at right. A new road would connect the service road to Lake Pines Drive at the bottom.
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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.

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Sunday Headlines
9:39 am
Sun December 15, 2013

Commissioners Interview County Manager Finalists

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.

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11:10 am
Wed May 8, 2013

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

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.

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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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10:56 am
Thu March 14, 2013

As Officials Explain I-77 Toll Plan, Critics Keep Asking Why

Citizens sat on one side of the John Mack Center meeting room in rows of chairs holding signs. Elected officials sat at round tables on the other side of the room
Credit David Boraks / DavidsonNews.net

More than 100 residents packed a meeting room in Mooresville Wednesday night, many holding signs protesting the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan for High Occupancy Toll Lanes, or HOT Lanes, on I-77 from Charlotte north to Mooresville.

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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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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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