Canceling I-77 toll lane contract sounds doomed in Senate


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill pushed through the North Carolina House by Charlotte-area legislators to cancel a private company’s contract to build and operate special toll lanes on Interstate 77 appears doomed in the Senate this year.

Senate Transportation Committee co-chairman Bill Rabon of Southport said Wednesday there are no plans to take up the measure.

The Department of Transportation entered a 50-year agreement with Cintra to build express lanes north of Charlotte that motorists would pay to use. Bill supporters say the deal is bad financially for the state and drivers and won’t reduce congestion.

Rabon says canceling the contract and widening the road anyway would be a huge expense and would send a bad message to companies interested in future road partnerships.

The Charlotte Observer first reported the bill’s likely demise.

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