House panel backs canceling I-77 toll lane contract

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some North Carolina lawmakers are supporting efforts to cancel a much-criticized agreement with a private developer to build toll lanes along Interstate 77 north of Charlotte.

The House Transportation committee approved the proposal to pull out of a 50-year contract with Cintra on Wednesday.

Huntersville Republican Rep. Charles Jeter and other representatives from Mecklenburg County say Cintra has a history of poor business decisions and say the agreement would not properly address the congestion on I-77.

Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson told the committee that canceling the contract could cost millions of dollars in fees and would leave the area without any way to fix traffic problems in the area.

The bill must pass through the Appropriations Committee before going to the full House.

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