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5:08 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Final Link Of Charlotte's Outer Loop Highway Almost Completed

After more than 20 years of construction, I-485 is expected to be completed within three months. The final link is a five-mile section in northern Mecklenberg County. 

Nat Hunter, the resident engineer overseeing the project says that it will be completed between late May and mid-June. The section will be an eight-lane highway that connects I-77 to I-85. 

According to Hunter, the road's completion date depends on the weather. The cold temperatures and precipitation have made it difficult to grade and pave the road. 

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7:46 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Widen I-77 Group Files Lawsuit Against I-77 Toll Project

Widen I-77 spokesman Vince Winegardner and about 15 of the group's supporters gathered at a law office in uptown.
Credit Michael Tomsic

An anti-toll group filed a lawsuit Tuesday to put the brakes on North Carolina’s solution to horrible traffic on I-77. The group, called Widen I-77, is trying to stop the state Department of Transportation from partnering with a Spanish company to add toll lanes.

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Local News
6:04 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Commercial Drone Rules In 2015 Will Determine Industry Launch

Lars Soltmann, an N.C. State Ph.D. student and the flight test analyst for VX Aerospace, prepares the company's prototype drone for its first test launch.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

2015 could be a bellwether year for the commercial drone industry. The Federal Aviation Administration has projected 10,000 of the devices will be in U.S. skies by 2017. They could survey land for oil companies, film aerial shots in Hollywood, and one day perhaps deliver your food. But, the industry’s impact will depend largely on an upcoming federal decision.

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Local News
6:46 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Charlotte City Council Gets Update, Worst-Case Scenario For I-77 Toll Lanes

Credit NC DOT

State and city transportation officials pitched the Charlotte City Council Monday night on why toll lanes are a good idea for I-77. After pointed questions from council members, they also walked through what the worst-case scenario for the toll project would be.

Warren Cooksey from the North Carolina Department of Transportation started with an image of a massive Chinese freeway: 19 lanes snarled with bumper-to-bumper traffic.

His point was that more lanes don’t necessarily mean less traffic.

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5:06 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Mooresville Residents Sign Petition To Stop I-77 Toll Lanes

Audience members signed petitions to Governor Pat McCrory requesting the cancellation of the widening project.
Credit Jonathan Cox/

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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Local News
2:58 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

NC Transportation Department To Resume Work On Monroe Bypass

Proposed Monroe Bypass

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has received federal approval to restart its work on the Monroe Bypass. That toll road would span from I-485 in Mecklenburg County to U.S. 74 near Marshville in Union County.

The Monroe Bypass had been held up because a federal court ruled the state failed to provide an adequate environmental study for it. But Thursday, the Federal Highway Administration approved an environmental impact statement for the project.

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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 /

  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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