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Draft report reviewing I-77 tolls contract released

PRESS RELEASE RALEIGH – The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has released Mercator Advisors’ draft report as part of the review of the I-77 Express Lanes contract, which provides a list of options for NCDOT to consider and an assessment of each of those options. The draft report and appendices can be found on the I-77 […]

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Construction to close Griffith Street Bridge in Davidson overnight Thursday

FROM PRESS RELEASE Construction of the first half of the new bridge at Exit 30 Griffith Street in Davidson reaches a milestone next week with the placement of beams. This work will occur overnight Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16, from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. weather permitting. As the beams are raised and […]

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I-77 toll contractor fined $1.3 million

The contractor building I-77 tolls in Iredell and Mecklenburg Counties is being fined $1.3 million dollars. WSIC news partner Fox 46 reports that I-77 Mobility Partners is accused of not removing I-77 lane closures and I-277 ramp closures at the proper time Tuesday morning. Sugar Creek Construction says this was caused by an equipment issue. […]

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Metal debris found in the roadway within the toll construction area - Source: Bill Russell Facebook

I-77 safety summit held in Cornelius

Community leaders and members of the public met for an I-77 safety summit in Cornelius last night. The focus was the toll lane construction zone following an increase in accidents and a review by the state. On display last night were pieces of metal debris found in the roadway. The state previously ordered various improvements […]

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Charlotte City Council votes to continue I-77 tolls

The Charlotte City Council upheld its support for I-77 toll lanes last night. In a 7-4 vote, members of that group directed their representative on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization to support the tolls. Last night’s decision comes as the latest blow to opponents who essentially accuse the state of using scare tactics to continue […]

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North Carolina Senator Jeff Tarte discussed his legislative fight against I-77 toll lanes at a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce event Friday morning

Tarte discusses legislative fight against I-77 toll lanes

Lake area state Senator Jeff Tarte encouraged members of the business community to keep speaking out against the I-77 toll lane project this morning. (AUDIO – NC Senator Jeff Tarte). “When the small businesses, and the businesses and the chamber got involved in this issue, it’s a game changer. It literally changes the equation.” Tarte […]

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Racing community takes stand against tolls

Members of the NASCAR community and others took another stance against toll lanes at last night’s Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization meeting. John McAlpine, is an engineer for Michael Waltrip racing and a small business owner.  He was there and says NASCAR icon Humpy Wheeler and others addressed the board with their concerns. Opponents say […]

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Joe Vagnone is co-host of WSIC's Local Biz Now, heard Friday mornings at 8 a.m.

OPINION: Toll project a bad deal

By: Joe Vagnone The controversial $650 million I-77 widening project in the Lake Norman region appears to be opposed by the vast majority of residents, as well as by hundreds of local small and large businesses in the area. According to a recent Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce poll, 94% said they are not in […]

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LKN Chamber asking for halt of toll project

PRESS RELEASE Cornelius, NC June 23, 2015 – The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted Monday, June 22nd to respectfully request that the contract between the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and I-77 Mobility Partners be terminated as soon as reasonably possible and that an alternative source of funding be secured […]

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