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Safety to the Wind Part II

These photographs were taken on I-77 near exit 30.  Apparently Cintra forgot to secure a plastic barrier and today’s high winds blew the material onto the interstate.  

Throwing Safety to the Wind?

Yes, we’re hopelessly biased against this project,  but let’s be honest: have you ever seen an interstate construction site look like this?   The above photo was taken the Monday morning near exit 25. the dust cloud looked like this: And this: But should this be surprising? Despite a lane shift and narrowing lanes, the

Oral Arguments to be heard Feb 8 in Raleigh

The North Carolina Appeals court will hear oral arguments at 9:30am, February 8 in Raleigh. We do not know when a decision will be rendered.

Cooper Appoints Pro-Toll Transpo Secretary

One of the things about a new administration is that it promises a fresh start.  New faces, new beginnings. Unfortunately that may not be the case with Governor Cooper’s new Secretary of Transportation. Yesterday Cooper announced he had appointed Jim Trogdon as the new Secretary of Transportation. While Trogdon may be new to the position,

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