Widen I-77 Hosts Cornelius Town Hall

CORNELIUS, NC– “We’re getting stuck, stuck with money, stuck with a problem,” said Yvonne Houser from Lake Norman.

Concerned citizens left the Cornelius Town Hall frustrated after listening to the watchdog group Widen I-77 present its concerns about the deal with Cintra.

“We wanted a theme here and theme is can it happen here,” said Huntersville Town Commissioner, Mark Gibbons.

Huntersville Town Commissioner Mark Gibbons says the recent bankruptcy announcement in Texas only confirms their call to cancel the 50-year contract NCDOT made with Cintra to build I-77 toll lanes from Charlotte to Mooresville.

After the presentation, people who live in the Lake Norman area say they want elected officials to stop the project.

“When all the taxpayer subsidies end on this project it’s going belly up and people of state of North Carolina are going to get to buy a highway for about 4 times what it could have been built for,” said William Ruff from Mooresville.

“When you go through bankruptcy nobody picks up a road and moves it elsewhere ,” said Charlotte Chamber of Commerce President, Bob Morgan.

Morgan says bankruptcy is a scary word, but at the end of the day this project is still the best plan for more lanes.

“The taxpayers are not out one extra cent the commuters of Texas still have a road to use is it possible this happens in NC it is possible it’s also a fact we’re protected from that,” said Morgan.

But Gibbons says they want nothing to do with Cintra, no matter what.

“It effects because that’s what the company seem to: do it would almost be said its a modus operandi,” said Gibbons.

NCDOT says Secretary of Transportation Tennyson had a positive visit to Texas and will share his findings in a report.