Toll Lane Opponents Seek to Put Lawsuit on Hold

CHARLOTTE, NC — Opponents to the I-77 toll lanes are trying to delay a lawsuit they filed to allow the political process to play out.

A hearing was set in that lawsuit for this Friday. But Wednesday, Widen I-77 announced it’s asking to stay that suit.

The group hopes to influence the Charlotte City Council, which has a 46 percent vote on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, which is the group that ultimately decides if the project lives or dies.

“All Charlotte has to do is have one or two municipalities vote with it, and the motion will carry,” said Kurt Naas of Widen I-77.

Tuesday night, Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted 8-1 against the toll lanes.