Residents Protest Proposed I-77 Toll Lane

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by WCCB Charlotte

CORNELIUS, NC -- A large crowd at the Cornelius town hall proved people are not happy about toll lanes on I-77.  The NC DOT says the hot lanes from uptown Charlotte to Mooresville would ease congestion and create jobs.  Thursday, critics argued it's more cost effective to widen that portion of interstate.

"We're saying if it's $10 a day on average, $50 a week, $200 dollars a month, the average family doesn't have an extra $200 dollars each month to get to and from work," said Huntersville resident Mark Gibbons.

NC DOT Secretary Tony Tata stresses drivers shouldn't worry about the tolls being too expensive.  He says public input will help decide the cost.

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