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 “forgot” to check a box: the Lake Norman Maritime Commission.

The contract requires NCDOT to assist Cintra in obtaining all necessary approvals. Presumably that explains why NCDOT sent a memo requesting the Commission approve the project at their upcoming June 13th meeting.  As support, NCDOT cited the Environmental Assessment (EA) performed for the Feds back in October 2013. That document found the toll lanes had “no significant impact” on the environment.

The problem with that assessment is that it’s a joke:

Logically, for a 50 year contract the EA should look at the impact of the project’s life, i.e. until 2068. But the EA’s time horizon stops at 2017. That’s not a typo: the EA’s assessment of the toll lanes’ impact ends a year before the project opens.

Then there’s the inconvenient matter of the contract, which requires Cintra to obtain all necessary approvals before construction begins:

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Despite this, Cintra went ahead and started construction on the section anyway:

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We hope the Maritime Commission will fulfill its charter “for taking appropriate responsibility for Lake Norman and its shoreline area for all matters relating to or affecting public recreation and water safety.”  This would include demanding a realistic environmental assessment. But given the history of this project, you’ll pardon our cynicism if this isn’t another perfunctory box-checking exercise.

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10 Responses to Cintra Begins Construction Without Required Permit

  1. David Wojnowski says:

    STOP THE MADNESS, WE DONT WANT A TOLL ROAD!

  2. Anette says:

    STOP THE CORRUPTION, NOW!

  3. Charlie says:

    Yet another in a long list of examples where NCDOT/CINTRA demonstrate blatant and arrogant disregard for regulations and law. Together with the executive and legislative branches they just make up the rules as they go along to suit their agenda. So I suspect this too will be swept under the rug….

    • Antwan says:

      I am not an expert on the topic or familiar with the LNMC but typically these permits are required for actual “construction” and exclude necessary “preliminary” works like traffic shifts. It will be interesting to see if Cintra actually neglected any required permitting…

  4. Cindy says:

    It is my understanding that the new toll lanes are part of the FEMA camp evacuation route/ transportation route in case of a national emergency. That is the real reason you can not get them to stop construction. It has nothing to do with the actual tolls. Pre Martial Law

  5. A Mooresville Resident says:

    It is my hope that Widen I-77 has sent this info and the memos noted above to the NCDOJ as additional information to the NCDOJ’s in support of its’ Investigative Demand regarding the toll project. The demand was made in mid-December, 2015 and is currently under review by the NCDOJ.

    It is another example of the incompetence shown by NCDOT and I-77 Mobility in the management of this project.

  6. Lulu says:

    FUBAR……

  7. Terry Rankin says:

    During this entire process, I have never been able to determine WHO actually committed the State of NC to this binding and so irresponsible 50 year non-compete clause and contract. Who had the “authority” to reach out to a “foreign” company and sign such a contract and then THRUST IT DOWN OUR THROATS? Whether we like toll lanes or not this whole process has had a “stink” attached to it from the beginning. Why have I never heard or read WHO actually did this and whether there was not something exchanged under the table to get a “deal” like this signed?

  8. lucinda m heavlin says:

    To Roy Cooper, and Gov. Mccory,
    RE: WIDEN i-77 . i UNDERSTAND 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. NOTE: This is one little strand of all the things that indicate the possible deception of Cintra. Please, use the investigative powers of the state of North Carolina to find all the facts needed to show that North Carolina does not owe Cintra anything at all. We request that you send this to all senators in Raleigh,N.C.
    Thank you, C.H. a voter.
    RE: 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 “forgot” to check a box: the Lake Norman Maritime Commission. The contract requires NCDOT to assist Cintra in obtaining all necessary approvals. Presumably that explains why NCDOT sent a memo requesting the Commission approve the project at their upcoming June 13th meeting. As support, NCDOT cited the Environmental Assessment (EA) performed for the Feds back in October 2013. That document found the toll lanes had “no significant impact” on the environment.

    The problem with that assessment is that it’s a joke:

    Logically, for a 50 year contract the EA should look at the impact of the project’s life, i.e. until 2068. But the EA’s time horizon stops at 2017. That’s not a typo: the EA’s assessment of the toll lanes’ impact ends a year before the project opens.

    Then there’s the inconvenient matter of the contract, which requires Cintra to obtain all necessary approvals before construction begins:
    Despite this, Cintra went ahead and started construction on the section anyway.LNMC@LNMC.org

  9. […] again, playing loose with requirements seems to be the order of the day on I-77. You may recall construction began without a required permit.  And the contract was modified to essentially eliminate revenue sharing, despite a NC law […]

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