Politics & Government

House select committee will review I-77 toll project

Traffic rolls south on I-77 towards Charlotte on Monday June 23, 2014. A local citizens group wants the state to delay adding toll lanes to Interstate 77 after learning the rate could climb to more than $20 for a round trip between Mooresville and Charlotte.
Traffic rolls south on I-77 towards Charlotte on Monday June 23, 2014. A local citizens group wants the state to delay adding toll lanes to Interstate 77 after learning the rate could climb to more than $20 for a round trip between Mooresville and Charlotte. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Debate over the Interstate 77 toll lanes moves back to Raleigh with the appointment Friday of a Select Committee of the N.C. House.

House Speaker Tim Moore, a Cleveland County Republican, named GOP Rep. John Torbett of Gaston County to chair the panel. Torbett heads the House Transportation Committee.

The panel will look at the controversial I-77 toll lanes as well as other transportation projects.

Named to co-chair the committee was Rep. Charles Jeter, a Huntersville Republican and critic of the toll lanes.

Last month the town’s incumbent mayor was defeated over the toll issue.

“There has been a tremendous amount of discussion and information that deserves scrutiny and reconsideration as we look at how the state is going to fund transportation in the future,” Jeter said in a statement.

“This committee will allow us the opportunity to review current concerns and ensure future decisions are made with the best interest of all North Carolinians.”

Jim Morrill

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