I-77 No. of Charlotte To Have Toll Lanes

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Toll lanes are officially coming to I-77 near Charlotte. The North Carolina Department of Transportation just finalized the loan process.

The DOT released a press release saying it had finalized the loan process and that the region could lose as much as $100 million if the contract was canceled because the money would go to other projects in the state.

Construction could start in the next couple months.

Last night Mecklenburg County commissioners approved a resolution asking Governor McCrory to intervene. That vote makes every city along the toll path calling for a delay and closer look at the contract's fine print.

Of particular concern, no general traffic lanes can be built for 50 years. McCrory says he isn't stepping in to stop it.

So, once built options will be drive in congested lanes, or pay as much as 20 dollars each way.

Citizens against the I-77 toll lanes project are saying no to the current project.

The toll lane would be in place for the 27 miles from Exit 36 in Mooresville to Charlotte. One major issue, opponents say, is evacuation plans.

"I-77 is an evacuation route for two nuclear power stations," said concerned citizen Chuck Suter.

"We have the funds we need to widen I-77 with regular lanes, and not toll lanes under a 50 year contract where we'd be paying $20 to $40 a day," said Bubak.


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