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DOT meeting about proposed express lanes on Independence Blvd

Published: Mar. 31, 2015 at 2:54 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2015 at 2:54 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you hate sitting in traffic on Independence Boulevard, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has an idea but you might not like all of it.

Transportation officials are proposing express lanes for U.S 74 between 277 in Uptown Charlotte and I-485.

They say Independence Boulevard is struggling with the region's growing population and more vehicles. They believe express lanes will help.

But, drivers who use the express lanes would have to pay a toll.

"I think it'd be nice. You don't have to worry about lights and everybody hitting their brakes and coming around the corners, killing each other, hitting each other in the back," said Dennis Blakeney of Charlotte.

But would he pay a toll? "If it's worth it, yeah."

Isiah Parris says it "sounds like a great idea." But the Charlotte resident, who drives Independence Blvd, isn't willing to pay a toll.

"Me personally no," he says. "But I guess other people would if it helps them get there faster."

"It depends on how much it is," says Mike Anderson of Matthews. "I know like rush hour coming back from work - I can sit there and what normally takes 15 minutes - can take 45 minutes. I can see why people would. I don't know if I would personally."

DOT is holding the second of two public meetings about the proposed express lanes on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Matthews Town Hall.

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