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Tarte, Bradford backing plan to ditch tolls

Tarte, Bradford look for support to ditch tolls

May 28. By Dave Yochum. Speaking at the “Emergency Call to Action” for Lake Norman business owners, UNC-Charlotte Professor Emeritus David Hartgen said plans to widen I-77 with tolls will have dire effects on traffic both on and around 77. “Your local streets are going to be crammed full. The congestion on the feeder roads and the parallel […]


‘Emergency Call to Action’ on tolls comes from business leaders, not LKN Chamber

ANALYSIS. May 26. An “I-77 Business Transportation Summit” will be held at Michael Waltrip Racing at 4 pm Thursday. The hosts are power brokers in the Lake Norman business, tourism and economic scene: Larry Johns, chief financial officer of Michael Waltrip Racing in Cornelius, and Richard Zulman, CEO of  BestCo, formerly BestSweet, a major employer in Mooresville.The business leaders are […]


Citizens opposed to I-77 tolls to protest at state capitol

May 25. Beginning at 1:00 pm., citizens opposed to the I-77 toll lane project will convene at the lobby of the North Carolina General Assembly to hand out fliers to legislators urging them to defund the project and to support the cancelling of the $655 million, 50-year contract with the Spanish company, Cintra. From 2 […]


Top business leaders signing anti-toll petition

May 21. Amidst the backdrop of the Exit 28 Ridiculousness Facebook page whose profile picture is “Cintra Sucks Money Out Of The Local Economy,” more local business leaders are starting to speak out on their own, independent of any chamber of commerce. Indeed, a petition calling for an independent review of the now-signed 50-year deal […]


Opposition to I-77 tolls continues to gain traction. Mooresville Town Board meets tonight

UPDATE. May 18. The Mooresville Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting tonight to consider asking the state to delay the financial closing on planned Interstate 77 toll lanes. Mayor Miles Atkins said there are “too many questions” around the $655 million project. “The state should hold off on its financial closing” with Cintra, the […]

I-77 Bonds, Toll Lanes and Unwilling Customers

Below is an e-mail from Vince Winegardner: Please forward to business owner and others who need to take action – Everyone in Lake Norman! ACTION NEEDED BY YOU.  PLEASE REVIEW THIS INFORMATION AND CONTACT GOVERNOR McCRORY BY TUESDAY AND TELL HIM “NO TO TOLLS ON I77!” CONTACT INFO IS LISTED BELOW. Dear Northcross Master Association Business and […]


McCrory, DOT moving ahead with toll lanes despite towns’ wishes

May 15. Governor McCrory said yesterday he would not delay the I-77 toll project despite recent resolutions passed by Cornelius, Huntersville and Davidson asking him to do so. An elected official who was adamantly opposed to the toll-lane project reacted bluntly to the governor’s decision to forge ahead. “We’re basically screwed,” he said. Related: An e-mail […]


Cornelius town board calls for a timeout on I77 toll lanes.

Resolution seeking 90 day moratorium heading for the Governor By Dave Vieser. With a large turnout of residents looking on, the Cornelius Town Board unanimously passed a resolution at their May 4 meeting calling on the state to impose a 90-day moratorium regarding the I-77 toll lane project. The unprecedented action comes just days before the […]


Cornelius Town Board wants ‘time-out’ for plan to widen I-77 with tolls

May 4. It looks like the residents of Cornelius have spoken and the Town Board has listened. Mayor Chuck Travis says there will be enough votes at tonight’s meeting to “call a time out” for plans to widen I-77 between Lake Norman and Charlotte. A call for a time-out would go straight to Gov. Pat McCrory, not […]


Gilroy may have votes to call ‘time out’ on I-77 toll plan

May 1. NC Rep. John Bradford, the former town commissioner who called a “time out” prior to the initial I-77 agreements with Cintra last year, says he wants to meet with NCDOT officials to discuss what appears to be a changed playing field around the toll plan. “We actually tried to meet this week,” he said. […]