Cornelius, N.C. – (October 6, 2015) – ’s legal team has agreed to key milestones for their lawsuit against the I-77 private toll lane project.
The project calls for Cintra, the parent company of I-77 Mobility Partners, to build private toll lanes on the remaining public right-of-way and to operate them under an exclusive 50 year contract.
Unlike a traditional jury trial, the case will be decided by written briefs and a hearing in front of the judge. The legal process is a called a Summary Judgment. Both parties will present their cases via written brief and affidavits. Due dates are as follows:
Nov 13: ’s Motion for Summary Judgment
Dec 4: Defendant’s Response to our Motion
Dec 15: ’s response to Defendant
Jan 8: Oral Arguments
has raised over $60,000, mostly from small donations by private individuals. They anticipate needing to raise an additional $30- 50,000 within the next month to com-plete the next phases of the legal process.
“There remains a substantial amount of legal work to be done,” said Kurt Naas, spokesman for . “We will take the case as far as our funds allow.” The group is contacting local businesses for support.
“Hundreds of businesses recently expressed their opposition to this project,” Naas added, referring to a petition that over three hundred local business leaders signed during the sum-mer. “We hope they continue to invest in our community by supporting our legal efforts.”
The group is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax-deductible and confidential.
Donations can be made online at wideni77.org or mailed to: , PO Box 792, Cornelius NC 28031. Checks should be made payable to .
WidenI77.Org (www.widenI77.org) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to wid-ening I-77 without toll lanes and educating the public about the problems and inequity of the HOT lane approach. The group believes toll lanes are an expensive, non-solution that will negatively impact our local economy, increase congestion on the general purpose lanes, an unfairly burden drivers. To learn more about the toll lane proposal and other information pertaining to HOT lane projects in North Carolina, please visit www.wideni77.org or con-tact us at [email protected]