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Shoulder lanes are used in Europe and some U.S. states, including I-66 in Virginia.
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION

Updated July 19, 2019
The idea of converting the shoulders of Interstate 77 in the Lake Norman area into travel lanes lanes at rush hour is a step closer to happening. The area's transportation planning organization approved re-allocating $47 million to the project at its meeting Wednesday night. 

Fifteen miles of the I-77 Express Lanes opened Saturday between Huntersville and Mooresville.
David Boraks / WFAE

Drivers took a half-million trips on the I-77 Express toll lanes north of Charlotte in June, the first month they were open. But you didn't need to pay a toll to get a faster ride. 

Fifteen miles of the I-77 Express Lanes opened Saturday between Huntersville and Mooresville.
David Boraks / WFAE

Toll lanes have been under construction for nearly four years on I-77 from Charlotte to the Lake Norman area. Over the weekend, the northern 15 miles of the project opened to traffic. Monday was the first weekday rush hour with the lanes. Some drivers took advantage of the faster commute, while toll lane opponents continued to fume about the whole idea. WFAE's "All Things Considered" host Gwendolyn Glenn talked about all this with WFAE reporter David Boraks, who has been covering the project since the planning stages.  

The Monroe Expressway will open Nov. 27, 2018, after more than 3 years of work.
David Boraks / WFAE

The Monroe Expressway opens Tuesday morning in Union County, giving drivers an alternative to the congested Highway 74 - for a fee.

Workers construct a ramp from I-277 to I-77 southbound near uptown Charlotte Monday.
David Boraks / WFAE

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says only the northern section of new toll lanes on I-77 north of uptown Charlotte will open as scheduled by year's end. The rest should be done by mid-year, according to the project's contractor, I-77 Mobility Partners, which blames the change on construction delays and additions to the project.

A stretch of the Monroe Expressway north of Monroe, which is nearing completion.
David Boraks / WFAE

Updated 9:09 p m.
After three and a half years of construction, the 20-mile Monroe Expressway will open to traffic on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Union County road is the first highway toll project in the Charlotte area.

Tolls on the I-77 Express Lanes north of Charlotte will be fixed for the first six months, then fluctuate with traffic volumes after that. An NCDOT video shows what rate signboards will look like.
NCDOT

The contractor building toll lanes on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte will unveil initial toll rates and hear public comments at a meeting Thursday night in Huntersville.

This former high-occupancy lane over I-85 on I-77 southbound will be widened to carry two toll lanes.
David Boraks / WFAE

State Transportation Secretary James Trogdon will be in Cornelius Wednesday afternoon to brief the NCDOT's Local Advisory Group on options for modifying the controversial I-77 toll lanes project. The visit comes three months after most local officials in the group backed their own proposal: Buy out the $650 million contract with the private company building the lanes and convert one toll lane to a free lane.

David Hannon of I-77 Mobility Partners points to ramp construction at the I-277 and I-77 interchange in Charlotte during a tour this week.
David Boraks / WFAE

Construction crews still have lots of work to do before toll lanes can open on I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville. The question on commuters' minds is: Will they be ready as promised by the end of the year? 

David Boraks/ WFAE

More than 200 residents attended a North Carolina Department of Transportation open house Wednesday night in Matthews to learn more about plans for toll lanes on Interstate 485 in south Charlotte. Another 250 people have filled out an online survey or left comments online.

So far, comments on the toll lanes are mixed.

Toll lanes would be built in the median of I-485 from I-77 to U.S. 74.
NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold public meetings this week on several projects to improve travel times on roads in south Charlotte – including toll lanes on I-485.

Construction on the I-77 toll lanes and related projects like this bridge is continuing.
I-77 Mobility Partners

A state auditor's report out Tuesday has found nothing improper about the North Carolina Department of Transportation's nearly $650 million contract with a private company to build toll lanes on I-77, or in the way the contract was awarded. 

Workers installed beams in late April for a new bridge over I-77 near LaSalle Street near uptown Charlotte.
I-77 Mobility Partners

An advisory group that's helping the North Carolina Department of Transportation review the $650 million toll-lane project on I-77 will meet again Thursday afternoon to offer final recommendations.  Some members want to cancel the deal, but it could come at a steep price. 

An aerial view shows toll lane construction on I-77 at I-277 near uptown Charlotte.
I-77 Mobility Partners

Updated 10:03 a.m.
After years of construction and court battles, tolls are coming to the Charlotte area later this year in two big highway projects — the 20-mile Monroe Expressway in Union County and the 26-mile Express Lanes project on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte. There’s a difference of opinion in the two areas about tolls.