Group opposes proposed I-77 toll lanes

Group opposes proposed I-77 toll lanes

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 14 at 12:59 PM

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- A major DOT project designed to ease congestion on I-77 is getting push back from a citizen's group.

The group Wideni77.org will hold a meeting Monday night at the Cornelius Town Hall at 7 p.m. to talk about the proposed toll lanes. 

The group is lobbying for widening I-77 with general lanes as opposed to HOT lanes or high occupancy toll lanes. 

The HOT lanes would allow commuters that carpool to use the special lanes free of charge.  Other motorists would pay a toll. 

The grass roots group is asking elected officials to look at alternative options to the HOT lanes.

"We've done some investigation and we're concerned that the true goal is not to relieve congestion and it will not. It is astronomically expensive compared to widening with general purpose lanes," said Sharon Hudson, a member of Wideni77.org.

The group also says they expect representatives of several elected officials to  attend Monday night's meeting.  The also say a spokesperson from the DOT will be on hand to answer questions.


I-77/I-277 loop study good news for uptown commuters

Charlotte City Council is set to hear information about the I-277/I-77 loop study Monday night. 

The study is the first step in making new projects a reality for the very busy corridor.  The I-277 loop includes the Belk and Brookshire Freeways and a portion I-77 surrounding uptown Charlotte. 

At issue: the Belk Freeway was complete during the 1980s and the initial design for the loop was created over 50 years ago.  The study creates a blueprint for the heavily traveled route. 

As the roadways are now reaching capacity, the study identifies possible improvements. 

Those improvements could be included in the 2040 long range transportation plan.  The study is the first phase in a multi-phase effort, according to the North Carolina DOT. 

 

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