Mecklenburg Co. commissioners pass on NC highway plan

Mecklenburg Co. commissioners pass on NC highway plan

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Mecklenburg County Commissioners are choosing not to back the state's Transportation Improvement Plan.

By a vote of 5 to 4, county lawmakers said that would not support the effort designed bring new road projects to the region.

At Tuesday night's meeting state officials showed up with plans that would modify parts of Interstate 485, and Independence Boulevard.

However, it was the Interstate 77 toll road project that drew the most controversy. Many commissioners oppose it.

Before listening to representatives who came from Raleigh, commissioners to took a step to protect their own interests when it comes to voting on the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Delegates who represent them are being asked to vote in the best interest of group, meaning they may not vote the way they may feel regarding
a particular issue.

The bottom line is putting group's interest first. Commissioner Jim Puckett was among those spearheading the effort.

"There is no policy. We have an understanding, a guideline,  a gentleman's agreement, a tradition, but there is not a policy so where not changing
policy, "he said." We're writing policy."

 Along with Puckett and other commissioners, several towns in North Mecklenburg County have opposed to the I-77 toll lane project.

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