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Drivers Upset about Toll Lanes Coming to I-77

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Some residents in Mooresville are not happy about a new toll road coming from uptown to the area.

"It's crazy," said one Mooresville resident.

The toll road will extend from uptown Charlotte to exit 36 on I-77 in Mooresville.

The total cost of project is 655 million dollars; the state is contributing 88 million.

NCDOT says Cintra, a Spain company that has joined the private-public partnership, was audited before they were selected as the best possible bidder.

The project will take almost 3 1/2 years before it is completed. One lane will be considered the toll lane and NCDOT does not expect more traffic congestion.

No cost has been determined yet for the tolls because a public hearing has to be held.

The contract was signed on Thursday and NCDOT expects construction to start as early as December 2014.

Mooresville Mayor Miles Atkins sent us a statement in regards to the toll lane. The statement says "I greatly appreciate the concerns people have expressed regarding the toll lanes and I am NOT a fan of them.  However, there is a silver lining for Mooresville from an economic development perspective. The managed lanes will provide direct and uninterrupted access to an international airport that is extremely important and vital to our business and industry stakeholders. Additionally, this access will position Mooresville to be a desired location for national and international firms looking to relocate to the Lake Norman region."

 
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