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Posted: 10:36 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By Trish Williford
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Toll roads will soon become a reality along a stretch of interstate in Charlotte.
The Mecklenburg Union Metropolitan Planning Organization voted tonight to give the N.C. Department of Transportation the green light to move forward with the project. The high-occupancy toll lanes have been the center of controversy for months now. The plan would place toll lanes on Interstate 77 between Uptown and Mooresville. State leaders said the project would ease traffic for drivers who choose to pay the toll. Dozens of opponents showed up to speak out against the toll road project. Members of the board didn't give the groups much time to speak in opposition.
The group shouted and booed at board members before walking out. "Today what we saw was the worst of the unresponsive bureaucracy. It doesn't want the citizens' input and could care less about what we think," said Kurt Naas with widenI77.org In the end, the group opposing the tolls lost. MUMPO voted to approve the toll lanes.
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