City Council Votes to continue Controversial I-77 Toll Lane Project

Charlotte City Council members heard from the public Monday night before they voted for or against the controversial I-77 toll lane project. The council voted 7-4 to direct it's Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) member to vote in favor of the plan.

The city council's transportation committee voted 3-2 last week to continue support for the project, which has already started construction.

City council's vote is significant because Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles is the city's delegate for the CRTPO, with her vote carrying the weight of 31 of the 68 votes. City council's vote Monday will direct Lyles on how to vote in the CRTPO's meeting.

Gov. Pat McCrory last year refused to cancel the project, but did ask the regional transportation agency to vote on the proposal again. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization is scheduled to vote on the plan on Jan. 20.

The controversial toll lane project is already under construction and set to cost $650 million. The toll lane project, which would stretch for more than 20 miles north of Charlotte, is being funded by a Spanish company named Cintra.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.