Drivers will have to deal with construction for a while in addition to the regular rush-hour backups on I-77 north of Charlotte. Work began Monday night, Nov. 16, on a 3-year, $648 million project to widen a 26-mile section of the road with toll lanes. If you’ve been following the debate on this project, you know it’s controversial. Even as construction begins, opponents are fighting to halt it. Here’s my interview with WFAE’s Mark Rumsey during “All Things Considered” Tuesday afternoon.
Nov. 17, 2015, WFAE.org, I-77 Construction Begins, But Toll Debate Persists
Nov. 13, 2015, WFAE.org, “McCrory To I-77 Toll Critics: Don’t Turn To Me To Cancel Contract” – Coverage of Friday’s press conference by local lawmakers asking the governor to cancel the I-77 contract, and the governor’s response.
Nov. 12, 2015, WFAE.org, “I-77 Toll Lane Construction Begins Mon., Company Says”
NC Department of Transportation “I-77 Express Lanes” information page, http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-77expresslanes/
Nov. 17, 2015, WidenI77.org, “The Case,” the anti-toll group reports on its filing of court papers asking a judge to halt the project.