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NCDOT Closes On I-77 Toll Lane Financing; Commissioner Puckett 'Shocked'

North Carolina Dept. of Transportation

Mecklenburg County commissioners joined several local town boards Tuesday night  in asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to delay its deal with a private company to build and operate toll lanes in northern Mecklenburg and southern Iredell counties. On Wednesday, the state gave its answer: No. The state announced it has closed on the financing contract with a subsidiary of Cintra U.S.

That action comes one week ahead of the DOT’s scheduled contract closing.

"I'm actually shocked. To ignore the requests of five elected bodies to delay, and instead to accelerate the signing of the contract...is the single most insulting  and arrogant act of governance I've seen in 18 years of politics," says Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett, the sponsor of Tuesday night’s resolution.

Mark Rumsey grew up in Kansas and got his first radio job at age 17 in the town of Abilene, where he announced easy-listening music played from vinyl record albums.