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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.

I-77 Toll Opponents Seek 'Pause' in Lawsuit

Jan 6, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

The battle over toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte took an unexpected twist today Wednesday when opponents asked a judge to put their lawsuit on hold - two days before the case is to begin. But they say this isn’t the end of their fight.

David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net file photo

The company hired to build and operate toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte says it will begin construction work on the $648 million project this Monday, Nov. 16.

Sun. Headlines: Hearing Tue. on I-77 Suit

Mar 1, 2015

The anti-toll group Widen I-77 will get its first day in court Tuesday as it tries to halt plans to widen I-77 north of Charlotte using toll lanes. The group filed suit January 20th, seeking temporary and permanent injunctions to stop the project.

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.

A group trying to stop a toll project on I-77 is taking its argument to court. The group called Widen I-77 is filing a lawsuit Tuesday morning to stop the North Carolina Department of Transportation from partnering with a Spanish company to add toll lanes.

The toll lanes would be optional – you can keep driving in the current I-77 lanes for free, or if you have at least two other people in the car with you, you could use the toll lanes for free. Otherwise, you could pay to use them to speed up your commute.

Jonathan Cox/DavidsonNews.net

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.


Nick de la Canal/WFAE

 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.


Stantec/NCDOT

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.

Knights Setting Records At New Ballpark

Jul 6, 2014

The Charlotte Knights’ move from Fort Mill to a new baseball stadium in downtown Charlotte is continuing to pay off – at least when it comes to attendance.   It was a record breaking weekend at the new BB&T Ballpark. 

Last year, the Knights had the worst attendance in their league. This year, they’re leading all of Minor League baseball in both total fans, and average per game.

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