The Cornelius Transportation Advisory Board will meet Thursday to discuss the proposed high-occupancy toll lane project on I-77 in northern Mecklenburg County.
The discussion comes after a town commissioner introduced a resolution calling for leaders to abandon the toll lanes, said Lou Raymond, who is chairman of the transportation board. Tonight, he said the advisory board is expected to try to gather its thoughts about the project and what if any action to take about it.
The meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday in room 204 of the Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.
The state Department of Transportation wants to turn the high-occupancy vehicle lanes on I-77 into toll lanes from Charlotte to Mooresville. Part of the project would add one toll lane in each direction between exit 28 in Cornelius and exit 36 (N.C. 150) in Mooresville.
But some have argued that the toll lanes won’t do enough to reduce traffic backups on I-77’s general purpose lanes, and a citizens group has cited a state document that concludes the lanes wouldn’t have much of an impact on congestion.
On Dec. 3, town commissioner Dave Gilroy introduced a resolution urging the state to drop the plan for toll roads. Instead, he said he favors general purpose lanes. Observer archives contributed.