Proposed bill could cancel I-77 toll lane project

State Representative Charles Jeter plans to propose a bill to get rid of the entire I-77 toll lane project.

The bill, if passed, could have a major impact on both Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. 

The toll lane controversy has been going on for months, but now this new bill could shake things up.

The project would add toll-express lanes to a 20 mile stretch of I-77 in Mecklenburg and Iredell County, but Representative Jeter wants to call the whole deal off. 

A number of concerned citizens have given push back on the project itself, claiming those living along that stretch of highway would be unfairly forced to pay high tolls just to come and go from their homes. 

The bill can't be introduced until legislative session is back, which is on Monday, April 25. It will go through the committee process just like any other bill. 

Also included in this proposed bill is a $25,000 fund that will cover any legal fees if the project were to be canceled. The concern the governors and others have voiced is if the project is killed who will be responsible for the millions already spent. 

 

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