Myths and Facts

These are not your parents tolls of 25 cents into the basket. The cost for these tolls from Mooresville to Charlotte could cost upwards of $20 round trip. More »


About that bonus money…

You may have heard recently about a “bonus” allocation of money allotted to our region as a reward for building toll lanes. The law that passed last summer requires the NCDOT to “make available” a bonus allocation equal to half of the project cost funded through toll revenue bonds, up to a maximum of $200

Huntersville Mayor Apologizes for Commissioner’s Anti-Toll Efforts

Late last month Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell stepped out on a limb and asked the North Carolina legislature to consider postponing the I-77 toll project.  Given the fact we still don’t know basic information like anticipated toll rates it seemed like a reasonable- perhaps even courageous- request. But apparently Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain didn’t think

Widen I-77 to Present in Iredell

Widen I-77 will be presenting its analysis of the I-77 toll lanes and alternatives this Tuesday, September 9, 7pm at the Charles Mack Center in Mooresville. The I-77 toll lanes are planned to be built and operated by a foreign company under an exclusive 50 year contract. This will be the ONLY opportunity for Iredell residents to learn about

A Crucial Question…

There’s an all-important question facing the toll lane issue regarding how NCDOT is interpreting the law. Before we get to that, we need to look at a similar grammatical construction. Consider the following statement: “I will not eat spoiled meat or fish.” Does this mean: A: I will not eat fish at all or B:

About That Confidential Information

At our meeting last week we raised two issues regarding personal data.  First was the breath of information that could be collected, including SSN’s and medical data. Second was that the private company- Cintra- could be collecting it. Last Friday the NCDOT disputed both issues.  In a strongly worded (and widely reported) statement, they said:

WI77 to hold public meeting on I-77 tolls

From our press release today.  Please share with your friends and neighbors. Cornelius, N.C. – July 9, 2014 – Widen I-77 will be presenting their analysis of recently released information for the proposed I-77 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lane project. The presentation will also cover opportunities for public involvement.  I-77 Tolls: What Do We Do

Applying Last Night’s Logic…

Most of our blog posts deal with information and news, but occasionally an opportunity for satire arises that I just can’t resist.  That opportunity presented itself last night when the NCDOT gave an update to the Cornelius town board on the I-77 tolling project. A good portion of the presentation was the same justifications for

Despite Concerns, NCDOT Signs Contract

Following is our press release regarding NCDOT’s decision to complete the commercial close of the contract: Cornelius, N.C. – June 26, 2014 – Despite serious questions surrounding the viability and effectiveness of the proposed toll lanes on interstate 77, the NCDOT closed the commercial portion of the contract today.  The NCDOT and Cintra, a Spanish firm

NCDOT Officials at July 7th Cornelius Town Board Meeting

Rodger Rochelle, NCDOT’s Director of Technical Services and Bill Thunberg, Executive Director of the Lake Norman Transportation Commission (LNTC) are scheduled to discuss the I-77 toll lane issue with the Cornelius Town Board on Monday, July 7th, during their regularly scheduled meeting at 7pm. Rochelle and Thunberg are proponents of the I-77 toll lane project.


UPDATE 6/11: Eliminated duplicate chart; added links below to source documents In early April the NCDOT announced they had selected Cintra, a Spanish company, as the contractor for the I-77 toll lane project. (As it turns out, the Cintra bid was the only one received.) Under the terms of the contract, NCDOT will donate the