The state Department of Transportation is holding two public workshops this week to show its plans for toll lanes on Interstate 77 from Charlotte to N.C. 150 in Mooresville.
The first workshop is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave. A second workshop is planned for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ivory Baker Recreation Center, 1920 Stroud Park Court in Charlotte.
The workshops will allow the public to see and comment on the project’s study corridors.
The state expects to award a contract in the fall for a private contractor to finance, design, build and operate the lanes, DOT engineer Barry Moose told the Lake Norman Regional Transportation Commission in June.
I-77’s high occupancy vehicle lanes would be converted to toll lanes as part of the project, whose aim is to reduce congestion. Cars with at least three occupants would avoid paying a toll to use the lanes, Moose told the commission.
The toll lanes would be the first in North Carolina, as are I-77’s HOV lanes, said Moose, the division engineer in the N.C. DOT’s Albemarle office.