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Race to finish toll lanes is on; shoulder work begins in 2020

By Dave Vieser.  As motorists who ride I-77 already know, there’s plenty of work left to be done on the toll lane project, most especially on the segment between Exit 23  in Huntersville and I-277. Even the open segment between Exits 23 and 36 still requires quite a bit of final paving. Cintra, aka I-77 […]

Puckett will run for his old seat on Meck County Board of Commissioners

​July 29. Jim Puckett, the well-known District 1 Mecklenburg County Commissioner, who lost his re-election campaign last year, says he will go after his old seat next year. The president of Electro Painters was exploring a run for Lt. Governor or NC Commissioner of Labor, but ​”​with the recent irrational and indefensible actions of the Mecklenburg County […]

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Toll lanes open with little traffic, little fanfare

June 3. At 8:30 am Monday, traffic was flowing freely at Exit 28 on down to Westmoreland, while hardly any vehicles were traveling southbound in the Express/Toll lanes. After 3 1/2 years of construction, the first stretch of toll lanes is open on a work day. The toll lanes are open from Exit 36 in […]

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I-77 advisors express frustration over lack of progress

Feb. 25. By Dave Vieser. Frustrated members of the I-77 Local Advisory Group voiced their concerns loud and clear at the conclusion of their 90 minute meeting with the NCDOT: “Tell us where the obstacles are that are preventing the I 77 toll lane contract from being canceled.” The meeting was billed as an update […]

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Uber, Lyft take their toll on mass transit use

    May 14. By Dave Vieser. The Northlake Airport Connector bus has been given a reprieve. With ​Mecklenburg County cutting the subsidy for the Airport Connector Express Route from Northlake Mall to ​the airport, the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) was considering eliminating the 14-mile route, which carries, among others, workers to and from CLT. ​There […]

I-77 Advisory Group seems to settle on 1 toll lane, 1 GP lane

May 10. By Dave Vieser. In a meeting which consumed barely more than one hour, the members of the I77 Local Advisory Group voiced nearly universal agreement to complete the current construction, then to modify the I-77 expansion in Mecklenburg County from two toll lanes to one general purpose lane and one toll lane. The […]

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I-77 Advisory meeting moved to May 10

The next meeting of the I-77 Advisory Group, originally scheduled for April 30, has been moved to Thursday May 10, from 1-3 pm. It will be held at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in Cornelius. DOT Secretary James Trogdon was recently requested to make a presentation to the state legislature on April 30, according to […]

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Lynx Red Line study gets green light from MTC

March 28. UPDATED. By Melissa Atherton. The Metropolitan Transit Committee (MTC) voted 8-1 Wednesday to proceed with the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) North Commuter Line Study. The vote was a defeat for Huntersville Mayor John Aneralla who wanted to see the money spent on “real help, right now” for congestion in North Mecklenburg. Mayors […]

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Was possibility of cancelling I-77 contract falsely reassuring?

Feb. 15. By Dave Yochum. ANALYSIS. The second meeting of the I-77 Advisory Group got under way with former Chamber Chair Mike Russell announcing that there were emergency exits on either side of a packed meeting room. “Just don’t take 77,” Chamber CEO Bill Russell interjected. It was a touch of dark humor at the […]

Next I-77 Advisory Board meeting will follow open meetings law

By Dave Vieser. The sun will shine at the February meeting of the I-77 Advisory Group at the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. “The next meeting will be livestreamed,” said DOT spokeswoman Carly Olexik. “There will be some space for members of the public and media to attend as well.” This follows an outcry of criticism after […]

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