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WI77 evaluates the candidates on the I77 toll issue

WI77 was formed in Fall 2012, and was the first formal opposition to the toll project.  Six years later, the toll issue remains as relevant and important as ever. We offer our unique, singularly qualified perspective on candidates’ efforts and stance on the toll issue.  We are a non-partisan organization, and therefore do not endorse

Contract Cancellation Efforts Hamstrung by Legislation

The good news is NCDOT is working with us to solve the I77 toll issue. The bad news is that’s the only good news. I77 Advisory Group Meeting Yesterday Transportation Secretary Trogdon presented the results of NCDOT’s analysis on several termination/modification scenarios. Here’s a summary: The important number on this chart is not cost, but

Senate & House can’t agree on toll funding solution

When a bill unanimously passes the House and then unanimously passes the Senate, it should become law, right?

NC House unanimously votes for I77 cancellation fund amendment

In a stunning development, the NC House today approved an I77 reserve fund in a unanimous 113-0 vote.

The Legislature, the Budget, and I-77 Tolls

Is there a way to fund contract cancellation costs and get approval from the legislature? Possibly, but like everything with this project, it won’t be easy. Background Transportation projects are scored and ranked under a process called the Strategic Transportation Initiative (STI). Those that score high enough receive funding. If STI funds were used to

Undoing the “Done Deal”

WidenI77 handout front Undoing a Done Deal WidenI77 handout back Undoing a Done Deal We will broadcast our live presentation — Undoing the “Done Deal” — via WI77’s Facebook page tonight.  Thanks for your attendance! We ask your support in emailing our elected and appointed officials.  Encourage them to Complete & Delete or Complete &

WI77 Candidate Survey

Earlier this month, Widen I-77 emailed candidates a brief survey to educate voters on the candidates position regarding the I77 toll project.  Below are the results.  A couple of observations: 1) None of the NC North Mecklenburg candidates responded 2) One Iredell candidate (Vickie Sawyer) responded 3) About half of the Mecklenburg At-Large Commissioner candidates

NC Supreme Court Declines WI77 Appeal

Marking the end of the legal effort to stop the I-77 toll project, last Friday the NC Supreme Court announced they have declined to hear our appeal. We are obviously disappointed with this latest development and the results of our legal efforts.  The courts have consistently sent the message that the I77 toll issue is

Charlotte votes for $300M double “bridge to nowhere”

Question: If CRTPO says there’s no money to widen I-77 through LKN, how can they find $300M for a Bridge to Nowhere? Answer: they can find the money if Charlotte wants it. That’s what happened at last night’s Charlotte Regional Transportation Organization (CRTPO) meeting. CRTPO approved a resolution to designate the Catawba River Crossing corridor

Widen I-77 Comes to Mooresville…