Local Business Leaders Take I-77 Toll Lane Fight To Raleigh

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RALEIGH, NC – Local business leaders took their push to stop the toll lanes on I-77 to Raleigh Teusday. Construction is set to begin this summer.
The project is costing taxpayers $95 million to add 100 lane miles.
“Our job today was to educate lawmakers on what that impact is, how it’s going to turn businesses away from this area. And how we can stop it, and the cheapest time to stop it will be now,” said small business owner Mac McAlpine. 
The state DOT sent WCCB Charlotte a statement saying in part, “If the express lanes project is canceled the state cannot immediately build general-purpose lanes instead.” It goes on to say, “…any new general-purpose lanes project would have to be submitted for scoring through the mobility formula… and would have to rank high enough to receive funding in the data-driven process with no guarantee that would ever happen.”