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Two Huge, Positive Developments

Today we learned that a NC House bill to cancel the contract, HB 954, now has 22 sponsors! These are representatives who have already indicated their support for this bill. This number is up from 8 just a day ago. The magic number is 61 votes (not necessarily sponsors), so we are well on our

Let’s Gather Together Again

A year ago the citizens of this region joined together and met on the Exit 28 bridge  in an unprecedented show of solidarity. At the time not a single town or county board was on record as being against the toll project. We’ve come a long ways. In light of that one year anniversary, we’re

A Message for Today

So a lot of people have been asking what’s up with the fight on I-77 tolls. If you’ve followed the news recently you know our cause has been put on hold because we are suddenly faced with an existential threat. Not since General Beauregard loosed his cannons on Ft Sumter has the South faced a

Feds: CRTPO is A-OK

If a federal board reviewed the public input process of an organization that just ignored a thousand written public comments, do you think they would find any problems? Nah. That’s what just happened when the Federal Highway Authority (FHWA) reviewed the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO). According to federal law, every four years Metropolitan

NCDOT Heading to TX to Investigate Latest Cintra Bankruptcy

NCDOT issued the following press release today: NCDOT Statement on SH 130 Tollway Bankruptcy in Texas Raleigh – “Late today, we were notified of the bankruptcy filing in Texas. The governor has directed us to immediately review every available option – both legal and financial – to reassess the I-77 Mobility Partner’s business model and current contract.

“By the Numbers” Pt 2: Cintra’s Annual Toll Revenues

Part Two of a four-part series analyzing Cintra’s and NCDOT’s public claims using their own numbers. In Part One we discussed Cintra’s projected toll rates. In this installment, we’ll look at how that translates into annual toll revenues. Fully Ramped Revenues Top $30M The chart below shows Cintra’s estimate for annual toll revenues for the

“By the Numbers” Pt 1: Cintra’s Toll Estimates

Part One of a four-part series analyzing Cintra’s and NCDOT’s public claims using their own numbers. A funny thing happens when a company applies for a public loan: they have to make their loan application public. That’s how we discovered Cintra’s toll estimates and traffic projections. You may recall earlier we published a consultant’s estimate.

Justice Department Investigating Cintra

Widen I-77 recently obtained a copy of an Investigative Demand of the NC Department of Justice to I-77 Mobility Partners, the wholly owned subsidiary of Cintra. An investigative demand is an order from a law enforcement agency requiring the requestee to produce materials as part of a legal investigation. The demand was sent on Dec

Mooresville Board, It’s Not 2013

In defense of their pro-toll vote last week some Mooresville commissioners offered up excuses we haven’t heard since 2013. It’s been a while since we’ve had to go into “clarifying” mode, and we thought we won the “misinformation” battle last November, but apparently the folks in South Iredell didn’t get the message. As has become

Mooresville Supports I-77 Tolls

UPDATE: David Coble, not Bobby Compton, put forth the motion we described below. We had the right email but wrong name.  Compton has been an anti-toll supporter.  Widen I-77 regrets the error.   We saw again tonight CRTPO is hopeless. Mooresville, however, has no excuse. The northern most community affected by the toll project, Mooresville