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N.C. Senator Jeff Tarte addresses the crowd

Tarte, business leaders, local officials call 11 am press conference

June 15. Just 17 hours after Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis muscled through a 5-0 no-confidence vote at Cornelius Town Hall, a former mayor of Cornelius will lead a press conference at 11 am today in Raleigh with another NC senator. Sen. David L. Curtis (R-Lincoln) and Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) will hold a press conference  regarding […]

Kurt Naas

Cornelius commissioners vote 5-0 to cancel toll lanes with HB-954

May 17. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board voted 5-0 to support HB-954, the bill sponsored by NC Reps. Charlie Jeter and John Bradford that would cancel the 50-year contract with Cintra to widen I-77 with toll lanes. Similar support has been expressed by other towns in the Lake Norman area, including Huntersville, and anti-toll […]


Demonstration set for Friday

April 25. The anti-toll group Cornelius resident Kurt Naas founded, Widen I-77, is looking for more financial support to appeal a court decision this past winter that went in favor of the NCDOT/Cintra toll deal. Meanwhile, the citizen group group is planning another demonstration on the Exit 28 bridge Friday at 5:30 pm. Legal counsel […]


Governor to LKN: Drop Dead

Nov. 13. UPDATED. By Dave Yochum. Although four North Carolina legislators have called on the governor to exercise the termination provisions in NCDOT’s I-77 contract with Cintra, a Spanish company, Pat McCrory is sticking to his guns. Within an hour after the four said they will seek a temporary restraining order to stop the project, McCrory’s NCDOT […]


For whom I-77 tolls: Summit planned in next 10 days

UPDATED 6:40 PM Nov. 9. NC Rep. Charles Jeter will convene an I-77 summit within the next 10 business days to hash out ways to fix the controversial toll plan. The divisive issue led to resounding defeats on Election Day for officials like Mayor Jill Swain and Commissioner Sarah McAulay in Huntersville. Jeter said that “in direct […]


Cabarrus is a model for how to accomplish infrastructure

Cabarrus County has done quite well in the world of NCDOT and improvements to infrastructure. In fact, it’s one of the South’s largest distribution centers, thanks to I-85 widening projects that provide quicker access to both Charlotte and Raleigh. And thanks, also, to a sustained group effort between the Cabarrus Chamber and politicians up and […]

Mac McAlpine with TV reporters from Charlotte

LKN businesses en route to Raleigh with 300 no-toll signatures

June 30. Lake Norman power hitters like Chamber Chair Mike Russell, commercial real estate broker Tom McMahon, former Chamber Chair John Hettwer, racing executive Greg Wallace and bankers Tom Dutton and Jim Engel are on their way to Raleigh to express profound and deep-rooted opposition to the NCDOT plan to widen I-77 with toll lanes and a […]


Business leaders bus to Raleigh Tuesday to oppose toll plan

June 29. Lake Norman-area business leaders, ranging from bankers and racing executives to commercial real estate brokers and manufacturers, will travel by bus to the North Carolina State Capitol tomorrow to visibly join the fight against the public-private partnership that would widen I-77 with toll lanes. “I intend to call out that the NCDOT has the ability […]


Sen. Tarte says Davidson toll resolution is helpful

June 10. By Dave Yochum. While it wasn’t as strong as toll opponents had hoped, the Town of Davidson has officially expressed its concerns with the NCDOT/Cintra plan to widen I-77 with toll lanes. A resolution drafted by Commissioner Jim Fuller with input from NC Sen. Jeff Tarte passed 4-0 in front of a packed house Tuesday night. […]


Cornelius to NCDOT: Tear Down This Contract

June 2. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Town Board unanimously passed a strongly worded resolution calling on the NCDOT to terminate its contract with Spanish based Cintra/I-77 Mobility Partners to build toll lanes on I-77. The board also said it would consider joining the lawsuit filed by Widen I-77 seeking to halt the toll lanes planned […]