State legislation to fund a possible buyout or changes to the North Carolina Department of Transportation's I-77 toll lane project near Charlotte has died. That's according to state Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Cornelius), who wrote a key amendment to provide the funding.
Updated 11:40 p.m. North Carolina lawmakers will have to iron out their differences on how to pay for a buyout or changes to the NCDOT's controversial contract for toll lanes on I-77 near Charlotte. That's after the House late Thursday failed to concur on Senate changes to a House transportation bill.
All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey talks with reporter David Boraks about the proposal to pay for canceling or changing the I-77 contract.
Updated 4:03 p.m. North Carolina lawmakers say they've come up with a way to pay for canceling or modifying NCDOT's contract with a private company building toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte. But NCDOT officials have warned there may be problems with the idea.
The private contractor building toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte says revising or ending its contract will cost a lot more than what's been discussed at an NCDOT advisory committee in recent months. That warning came in letters from I-77 Mobility Partners to the DOT.
Opponents of North Carolina Department of Transportation's $650 million toll-lane project on I-77 from Charlotte to Lake Norman are lining up behind a possible compromise. It wouldn't completely eliminate tolls, but they hope it would ease the project's impact on the area.
An advisory group that's helping the North Carolina Department of Transportation review the $650 million toll-lane project on I-77 will meet again Thursday afternoon to offer final recommendations. Some members want to cancel the deal, but it could come at a steep price.
Updated 10:03 a.m. After years of construction and court battles, tolls are coming to the Charlotte area later this year in two big highway projects — the 20-mile Monroe Expressway in Union County and the 26-mile Express Lanes project on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte. There’s a difference of opinion in the two areas about tolls.
State police have responded to more than 2,300 crashes statewide in the past two days, after a winter storm dumped snow across most of the state. In a press conference Thursday morning, Governor Roy Cooper urged drivers to stay off the roads.