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Caution! Road “Constriction” Ahead…

No, that headline is not a typo. If you have the ill fortune of driving over the causeways recently, you probably noticed construction of the toll lanes has begun there as well. Adding two toll lanes (one each way) plus buffers and shoulders is pretty tight fight. How will Cintra accomplish this? Well, if you

Bonus Allocation Bungle?

Toll advocates have used the “bonus allocation” millions as a justification for the I-77 toll project…but it turns out there’s a catch. Actually, two catches. In 2013 the NC legislature passed the Strategic Transportation Initiative (STI) which revamped how transportation dollars are allocated. One provision is a “bonus allocation” clause that provides additional funds if

DOT: Cintra has spent $107M so far

Fresh on the heels of an infuriating trip by mayors gone rogue comes more disturbing evidence of an agency gone rogue. On June 7th, the day before Mayors Woods and Travis snuck off to Raleigh, the Fiscal Research Division released their report on the fiscal impact of HB954. FRD is roughly analogous to the Congressional

Friendly Fire

We’ve sent emails. We’ve made phone calls. What we forgot to do was watch our back. Yesterday Mayors John Woods and Chuck Travis met with Senator/Pres Pro Tem Phil Berger in Raleigh. And they shot us in the back. According to one attendee, the Mayors impressed upon Senator Berger the fact that those opposing the

House Cancellation Bill Passes Committees; Floor Vote Next

Today marked the first legislative steps toward cancelling the toll contract. This morning the House Transportation Committee voted to “report favorable” on HB954, the toll cancellation bill. It was then sent to the Appropriations Committee and this afternoon they voted to send the bill to the House floor for a vote. So the bill stands

Cintra Begins Construction Without Required Permit

Widen I-77 has come into possession of an NCDOT memo requesting approval from the Lake Norman Maritime Commission for the I-77 toll project.  Construction over (or even near) Lake Norman apparently requires a byzantine approval process of 13 government agencies, and the project’s northern segment crosses Lake Norman over two causeways. It looks like Cintra

Toll Cancellation Bill Could Die in the Senate, Unless…

Even as toll cancellation bill HB954 gains bipartisan support in the House, as it stands right now it looks like it may die in the Senate.  The Senate has zero plans to vote on the matter, and even worse the bill is not even scheduled to go into committee. Word has it the NCDOT is

Journalism at Its Yellowist

For years now we haven’t responded to the steady stream of pro-toll prose from the Lake Norman Citizen. When they editorialized we should be “put in timeout” we said nothing. When they published our portraits with fake potty humor quotes as their April Fool’s “joke” we declined to step into their gutter. Even when they

Will I-77 Tolls Kill Democracy?

Can you imagine a foreign company shelling out enough on lobbyists to subvert the will of the people? It’s happening right now. Last week Cintra’s team of lobbyists descended on Raleigh. You read that right. According to our source, Cintra has a team of “well-placed, well-connected” lobbyists working the legislature to defeat the toll cancellation bill. So how