Dozens gather to protest I-77 toll lane project

- Anti-toll activists rallied on the bridge at exit 28 in Cornelius this Thursday. Organizers say they want Governor Roy Cooper to see them while he’s in town for a private fundraiser.

"We're angry every day. We're not going away," said Sharon Hudson of Davidson. She says she's been fighting the tolls for the past five years.

"It's a way to stay visible. We always want to keep this cause out there."

Hudson says Thursday’s gathering is the fourth rally against the tolls on the exit 28 bridge in Cornelius.

"I get mad every time I’m stuck in traffic. Every time I try to go somewhere and can't."

FOX 46 asked Governor Roy Cooper about the tolls during his visit to Hidden Valley Elementary School. He says the end game is canceling the 50-year contract with Cintra.

"Ultimately, we want the state of North Carolina to own these roads," said Governor Cooper, but that won't happen overnight.

The governor says state law prevents him from single-handedly canceling the contract. There are negations in the works to modify the tolls. Governor Cooper outlined a few of them.

"Get Cintra to cap the tolls so we don't have unlimited tolls on people, try to get frequent user efforts to reduce the cost for people, harden the shoulders so there will be another free lane."

Sharon Hudson says she feels good about Cooper's intention to cancel the contract and modify the toll lanes. But she says she doesn't trust words. Only actions.

"We've proven we're a very powerful voting bloc. I think he would ignore us to his detriment. We're not going away. If he wants to stay in office, he has to address our issue."

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