Bill to cancel I-77 toll lanes dead

- A bill to end the I-77 toll lane project has hit a road block after passing the house. 

It failed in a committee and will not go to the Senate.

The GOP caucus has decided not to bring House Bill 954 to the state senate.

The bill would have canceled the $660 million dollar project and called off the contract with the developer, Cintra.

This means construction will continue for now.

Senator Jeff Tarte from Cornelius is reportedly planning on launching another attempt to block the project in the next session.

Senators were worried that canceling the project would affect funding for more than seventy other road projects.

The NCDOT says pulling the plug could cost North Carolina as much as $800 million.

According to a state auditor, it would cost $300 million to cancel the project alone.

Then, it would cost an additional $500 million dollars to complete the parts of the project that have already been constructed.

But, opponents say this contract with Cintra would make it impossible for the state to add any free lanes for the next 50 years.

 

 

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