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Contractor Pushes Back Open Date For First Section Of I-77 Toll Lanes

Construction on I-77 toll lanes near I-85 in April.
I-77 Mobility Partners
FILE: Construction on I-77 toll lanes near I-85 in April.

The contractor behind the I-77 toll lanes has pushed back the date for a portion of the project's opening.

I-77 Mobility Partners said the northern section of the toll lanes, near Hambright Road to Exit 36 in Mooresville, had been set to open by the end of 2018, but delays from weather and a more expansive project forced the company to adjust its open date. That section of toll lanes is now expected to open in the first quarter of 2019.

However, the company says the entire 26-mile project is expected to be ready by summer 2019.

"I-77 Mobility Partners set an ambitious goal for itself to open lanes by the end of 2018. In collaboration with Sugar Creek Construction and NCDOT, we have made significant progress to improve this important corridor. We are adjusting our timeline due to factors like expanded project scope and unforeseen weather events,” said Javier Tamargo, CEO of I-77 Mobility Partners, in a statement. “We are proud that the express lanes project will still be delivered much faster than traditional road construction and financing would have allowed. We appreciate the public’s attention to safety in the work zone, which is always a priority for I-77 Mobility Partners. We look forward to opening the lanes in 2019 and offering drivers a new transportation option from uptown Charlotte to Mooresville.”

I-77 Mobility Partners also cited "supply chain events" for the delayed timeline. 

Cole del Charco is a journalist, writer and radio producer from Hickory, North Carolina.