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Transportation board to hear I-77 toll lane options Wednesday night

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization will hear an update from the company hired to review the I-77 toll lanes contract at its meeting Wednesday night.

Mercator Advisors was hired by the North Carolina Department of Administration in April to review the I-77 toll lanes contract. The move came not long after Roy Cooper - who campaigned on a platform suggesting he was against the toll lanes project - took office.

The I-77 toll lanes are being built by Cintra, a Spanish company that will operate the lanes for 50 years once they are opened.

Document: See the consultant’s presentation update to the CRTPO board

According to a copy of Mercator’s presentation posted online by NCDOT ahead of Wednesday’s meeting, the company will suggest the following options regarding the state’s contract with Cintra:

1. Terminate the contract

2. Modify the contract; here are some possible modifications:

  • Defer or eliminate tolling of certain lanes or segments
  • Establish frequent user discounts
  • Allow HOV-2 for some period of time
  • Eliminate or modify compensation for the building of additional non-tolled infrastructure

3. Work with CRTPO to identify and advance additional improvements to address mobility issues in the corridor, such as:

  • Constructing auxiliary lanes between interchanges or strengthening outside shoulders for peak hour use, and
  • Addressing roadway bottlenecks that hamper movement of trucks

4. Develop preliminary plans to negotiate and finance the purchase of the toll lanes after completion

According to the presentation, a draft report of the consultant’s findings will be made available for public review and a final report will be submitted to NCDOT in September.

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