• N.C. senator wants local leaders to fight against I-77 toll lane project


    North Carolina Sen. Jeff Tarte wants local towns to rally against the I-77 toll lane project again.

    In a letter to Lake Norman Municipalities, Tarte asks for local governments to pass resolutions against the toll lane contract.

    Tarte said pressure needs continue to be applied for the controversial project to be canceled.  Leaders here are worrying more about the costs of the tolls after costs sky-rocketed on toll lanes in Washington, D.C. this week.

    Prices surged to $36, and peaked at $40 on I-66 in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning.

    Gov. Roy Cooper said his transportation department is working to figure out how to protect people as the toll lane project moves forward.

    “We want them to be smart about this,” Cooper said. “We gotta understand it's going to cost money whatever solution that we do.”

    Cooper said the transportation secretary has been meeting with community groups and hopes to make a decision soon about the next steps to take.

    Last month, Channel 9 reported that the state is creating an advisory group, made up of representatives from local towns and counties, to talk about possible alternatives.

    Meanwhile, a group fighting the toll lanes said it has run out of legal options to stop the project.

    Widen I-77 now wants the project to be finished, but the toll lanes deleted.

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