NCDOT to Study I-77 Work Zone Crashes as Two Lawmakers (Again or Still?) Push to End I-77 Express Contract

The Charlotte Observer reports, “The N.C. Department of Transportation said Wednesday [March 8] it will send a traffic safety specialist to study Interstate 77 in north Mecklenburg, which is a work zone because of toll lane construction. DOT said it could make changes to the highway, including lowering the speed limit. The state acted after WSOC reported that crashes on I-77 in the work zone increased by 400 in 2016, compared with the same period a year earlier.” (Link added.)

The Charlotte Observer also reports, “Two Mecklenburg County lawmakers are trying again to stand in the way of the bulldozers on Interstate 77.” State Representatives John Bradford (R-Cornelius) and Chaz Beasley (D-Charlotte) this week introduced the latest bill (HB 266) to terminate the contract between NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners.