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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…

WI77 Town Hall Thurs July 20

For the first time in nearly a year and a half, Widen I77 will be hosting a town hall meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to debrief the preliminary report given by Mercator, the consultant hired by NCDOT to analyze exit options. Mercator will be giving their preliminary report on Wednesday, July 19 at

Appeals Courts Decision

Today the North Carolina Appeals Court provided their written opinion on our lawsuit.  In summary, the court found that: (1) delegating the unfettered right to set tolls to a private company on public infrastructure is an appropriate delegation of authority; (2) 50 years of private tolling serves a public purpose; (3) the project does not

Rally at the Bridge this Friday!

Yes, the toll lanes are under construction but the efforts to terminate the contract continue on multiple fronts.  The decision on Widen I-77’s lawsuit appeal is scheduled for next month. The contract is undergoing two independent reviews, and elected leaders everywhere realize tolls are a losing issue. This Friday marks the third year we have

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,