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CRTPO Affirms Support for Toll Lanes

Jan 20, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

Regional leaders Wednesday night reaffirmed a policy of using toll lanes to expand highways in the Charlotte area. The vote by the Charlotte Regional transportation Planning Organization effectively clears the way for tolls on I-77, and for work on expansion of the highway to begin in earnest.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

It was a crucial vote about one of the region’s most congested roadways. The Charlotte City Council voted twice Monday night to support toll lanes around the region. And specifically the project on I-77 North now under construction. That vote was 7 to 4. This despite many council members accusing State officials of issuing financial threats if they didn’t approve the project.

Judge Rejects Lawsuit Seeking To Halt I-77 Tolls

Jan 8, 2016
T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

A lawsuit filed last year to stop the toll lane project on I-77 ended Friday when a judge rejected claims that the contract is unconstitutional. Toll opponents now hope they can win a political fight to halt the project.

WFAE file photo

If you spend any time on our roads, you know they can be an unpleasant experience. There’s annoying traffic, potholes, and frustration with other drivers – and that’s whether you’re a motorist or a cyclist.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has recommended several changes to state law that aim to improve safety for cyclists and motorists as they share the road.

But some of the recommendations show the schism that exists between transportation officials and cycling groups.

I-77 Tolls Become A Political Issue In 2016 Races

Dec 27, 2015
David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net

Candidate filing is over and the fields are set for the 2016 elections in North Carolina. For some voters north of Charlotte, one issue rises above all others: the NCDOT’s plan for toll lanes on I-77. How will it affect results? WFAE’s David Boraks talked to voters and experts.  

I-485 Toll Lane Map
NCDOT

The toll-lane widening project that began construction on I-77 north of Charlotte this week won’t be the only one in the Charlotte area. Next up are toll lanes on 17 miles of I-485 in south Charlotte, from I-77 to US 74.

 

The NCDOT hopes to sign a contract for the $200 million project in July. One toll lane is planned in both directions, as a way to guarantee travel times on the congested stretch. Construction would begin in 2017 and take a couple of years.  

 

A large crowd rallied Saturday against the presence of the Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, calling it a “symbol of hate.” Several people spoke at the rally, which lasted more than an hour. The crowd chanted "take it down" and ended the rally by singing "We Shall Overcome."  The rally came three days after the shooting deaths of nine people in a massacre at the black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

North Carolina Dept. of Transportation

Mecklenburg County commissioners joined several local town boards Tuesday night  in asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to delay its deal with a private company to build and operate toll lanes in northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell counties. On Wednesday, the state gave its answer: No. The state announced it has closed on the financing contract with a subsidiary of Cintra U.S.

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Stranded motorists in North Carolina may think a particular insurance company is coming to their rescue. This after the North Carolina Department of Transportation signed its first sponsorship deal, for roadside assistance crews.

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The Yadkin Riverkeeper is challenging the water quality permit for the Monroe Bypass. This is the second case in court that involves the proposed 20-mile toll road.

The lawsuit claims the state failed to consider less destructive alternatives to alleviate traffic congestion on Route 74.

Kym Hunter is an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, which filed the lawsuit.

"The state has not done a proper assessment of how much worse water quality would get. Essentially NCDOT and the state are taking the position that building this bypass would not bring any new growth to the region and wouldn’t have any impact on water quality."

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