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Updated Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
State Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon told Lake Norman area leaders Wednesday that the Department of Transportation cannot buy out its contract with a private company building toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte. 

Toll opponents protested on the Exit 28 overpass in Cornelius Friday.
Shelley Rigger / WFAE

A citizens' group's legal fight to halt the I-77 toll lane project north of Charlotte is over. The state Supreme Court has dismissed a last-chance appeal of a suit filed in 2015. But a leader of the anti-toll group says he still hopes politicians will cancel the project.

Toll opponents protested on the Exit 28 overpass in Cornelius Friday.
Shelley Rigger / WFAE

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Opponents of toll lanes on I-77 from Charlotte to Mooresville have lost their appeal in a lawsuit that sought to halt the NCDOT project.  In a ruling this morning, the NC Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's dismissal of the suit brought by the anti-toll group Widen I-77.

Construction on the toll lanes is underway and could be done by the end of 2018, NCDOT says.
David Boraks / WFAE

Opponents of optional toll lanes on I-77 from Charlotte to Lake Norman will have another day in court Wednesday as they try to stop the project. The state Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit against the state and its private contractor.

Charlotte's roads are jammed, but the McCrory administration says the state's new road funding formula will help.
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House Bill 2, Voter ID and coal ash cleanups are headline-grabbing issues in the governor’s race. Roads? Not so much. But the McCrory administration is touting success in changing the way North Carolina builds roads.

Traffic on I-77 near Lake Norman
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Opponents of toll lanes on I-77 said Friday they’ll appeal the January dismissal of their lawsuit that tried to stop the NCDOT project.

T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

A lawsuit filed last year to stop the toll lane project on I-77 ended Friday when a judge rejected claims that the contract is unconstitutional. Toll opponents now hope they can win a political fight to halt the project.

David Boraks / WFAE

The battle over toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte took an unexpected twist today Wednesday when opponents asked a judge to put their lawsuit on hold - two days before the case is to begin. But they say this isn’t the end of their fight.

David Boraks / CorneliusNews.net file photo

The company hired to build and operate toll lanes on I-77 north of Charlotte says it will begin construction work on the $648 million project this Monday, Nov. 16.

Sun. Headlines: Hearing Tue. on I-77 Suit

Mar 1, 2015

The anti-toll group Widen I-77 will get its first day in court Tuesday as it tries to halt plans to widen I-77 north of Charlotte using toll lanes. The group filed suit January 20th, seeking temporary and permanent injunctions to stop the project.

Michael Tomsic

An anti-toll group filed a lawsuit Tuesday to put the brakes on North Carolina’s solution to horrible traffic on I-77. The group, called Widen I-77, is trying to stop the state Department of Transportation from partnering with a Spanish company to add toll lanes.

Group Set To File Lawsuit To Stop I-77 Toll Lanes

Jan 19, 2015

A group trying to stop a toll project on I-77 is taking its argument to court. The group called Widen I-77 is filing a lawsuit Tuesday morning to stop the North Carolina Department of Transportation from partnering with a Spanish company to add toll lanes.

The toll lanes would be optional – you can keep driving in the current I-77 lanes for free, or if you have at least two other people in the car with you, you could use the toll lanes for free. Otherwise, you could pay to use them to speed up your commute.

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Construction on I-77 toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville is expected to begin next year. More than 120 people came out to Mooresville to learn about the lanes and sign petitions to stop the project. The meeting was organized by the group Widen I-77, which is against the toll lanes.


Nick de la Canal/WFAE

 If driving down I-77 is part of your daily commute, you’ll probably agree a solution is needed for the growing congestion on the interstate. North Carolina’s Department of Transportation intends to add toll lanes to ease traffic and potentially provide the state with extra income. But as the plan enters its final stages, the state is experiencing some significant pushback.


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The North Carolina Department of Transportation is hoping to relieve congestion on I-77 by adding two toll lanes. NCDOT officials came to the Charlotte Chamber Wednesday to talk up the project, but as WFAE’s Nick de la Canal reports, there are still basic questions that haven’t been answered.

  DOT officials made a hard sell to the Regional Transportation Committee Wednesday for adding toll lanes between Charlotte and Mooresville on I-77.

Knights Setting Records At New Ballpark

Jul 6, 2014

The Charlotte Knights’ move from Fort Mill to a new baseball stadium in downtown Charlotte is continuing to pay off – at least when it comes to attendance.   It was a record breaking weekend at the new BB&T Ballpark. 

Last year, the Knights had the worst attendance in their league. This year, they’re leading all of Minor League baseball in both total fans, and average per game.

Study Shows I-77 Toll Lane Trip Could Top Out At $11

Jun 23, 2014
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A 2012 study indicates a trip between uptown Charlotte and Mooresville on an express toll lane could cost between $9 to $11 during rush hour.

State Names Top Bidder For I-77 Widening

Apr 13, 2014

A long awaited project to widen I-77 north of Charlotte could start as early as December, state officials said Friday. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said Friday that a partnership led by a Spanish company that specializes in toll lanes is the apparent winning bidder on the project.