Charlotte Tackles I-77 Toll Project
CHARLOTTE, NC — Governor Pat McCrory wants the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization to vote again on the toll lanes project.
That’s started a last minute push to put a stop to the controversial plan once and for all.
“We’ve got people that are really divided, and that’s unfortunate for our community. We usually do a better job than this,” says City Council member Vy Lyles.
The future of the I-77 toll lanes from Charlotte to Mooresville are once again up for debate.
The Charlotte City Council Transportation Committee met Monday to discuss their options moving forward.
“I don’t know if that will change, but the council has supported it. Charlotte has supported it since 2010. It’s 2016, let’s see what we do next.” says Lyles.
City Council member Claire Fallon says she plans to vote against the toll roads project.
“Not to insult anybody, but deaf, dumb and blind had to write that contract,” says City Council member Claire Fallon.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts wants to know the consequences of pulling out.
“It’s been clear when we talk to state officials that there will be millions of dollars, not just in fines, but lost projects for other road projects around the region,” says Mayor Roberts.
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization is the group that will ultimately decide if the project stays or goes.
City Council holds half the votes. On Tuesday, Mecklenburg County Commissioners will meet.
Jim Puckett says he plans to get their CRTPO member to vote against it.
Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett says, “We’re asking the contract be cancelled and turned the project back to the state of North Carolina transportation, whose job it is to build roads and manage them.”
Widen I-77 is suing NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners to stop the tolls, and will have their day in court on Friday.
“We hope the city of Charlotte can consider this regionally and look to their neighbor to the north and see that we are almost unanimously opposed to the project,” says Kurt Naas.
Charlotte City Council will have a public hearing and vote Monday, January 11, 2016.