CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - In our I-77 Diaries, FOX 46 asked the North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore what it would take to cancel the toll contract. Senator Phil Berger says he doesn't know where the money would come from to cancel the contract with Cintra.
"At the present time, the funds are not available within the Department of Transportation without taking all the money that would go to other projects in the Charlotte area or take a good bit of money from other parts of the state."
Senator Berger says the Senate voted last year to allocate money to get out of the contract. But Berger explained members of the Senate and the House couldn’t agree on where the money would come from.
"Until there's a viable, fiscally responsible alternative for that, I think it (the project) will continue to move forward."
FOX 46 asked Senator Berger if he would offer a solution. He responded with, "Governor Cooper last year - when he was running for office - made certain promises to people that he was going to solve that problem. I continue to wait as I’m sure the people in north Meck and other counties to live up to that promise.
I'm not the one who promised that there would be a change and that I would do something different from what was endorsed by the Charlotte area transportation folks and local governments in the area where the toll road goes."