Meetings are scheduled October 8 and 9
CHARLOTTE -The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled two public information sessions next month for the I-77 managed lanes project in Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. The project will help reduce congestion and improve travel time reliability along 26 miles of I-77 from the Brookshire Freeway (Exit 11) in Charlotte to N.C. 150 (Exit 36) in Mooresville through the use of managed lanes.
NCDOT will hold the information sessions at the following times and locations:
- Wednesday, Oct. 8: Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 North Main Street, Mooresville, 4 p.m. -8 p.m.
- Thursday, Oct. 9: North Mecklenburg High School Media Center, 11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, 4 p.m. -8 p.m.
Citizens attending the sessions will be able to see the project's updated design, learn the next steps and meet the team from Cintra, the firm responsible for designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining the project. Several information stations' will be set up for attendees to learn more about the project's timeline and financing, along with general details about managed lanes and dynamic pricing. NCDOT representatives will also be available to answer questions and receive comments.
Both meetings will be informal, so the public is welcome to drop in at any time between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. NCDOT and Cintra will take the comments received from participants into consideration as work on the project develops.
The I-77 managed lanes project will accomplish two key things:
- Currently, I-77 has one High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane, commonly known as a carpool lane, in each direction within parts of the project's boundaries. The project will convert those HOV lanes to managed lanes.
- Crews will also build a second managed lane next to the converted HOV lanes on I-77
There will be two managed lanes on I-77 in each direction, except in the area between Exits 28 and 36. Here, one managed lane will be built in each direction. The existing general purpose lanes will always remain free of charge. Crews will not add or take away any general purpose lanes as part of the project; however, they will resurface these lanes to preserve the pavement and provide motorists with a smoother ride.
Vehicles with fewer than three people in the car will be charged a toll to ride on the managed lanes. The managed lanes will be free to buses, motorcyclists, and vehicles carrying three or more people.
Anyone interested in additional information may contact Jamille Robbins, NCDOT-Human Environment Section at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598, by phone at (919) 707-6085, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may be submitted until Oct. 22.
NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in the hearing. Anyone requiring special services should contact Mr. Robbins as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.
Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the hearing by calling 1-800-481-6494.I-77 Express Lanes