CHARLOTTE - The N.C. Department of Transportation and I-77 Mobility Partners have filed separate motions for summary judgment in Mecklenburg County Superior Court, asking for the lawsuit filed by Widen I-77 to be dismissed because there are no grounds to the claims brought by the plaintiff in the case.
“Resolving this ongoing litigation is an important step in moving forward with the I-77 Express Lanes Project,” said NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson. “This public-private partnership with I-77 Mobility Partners will provide a solution to the chronic congestion in the I-77 corridor while bringing in millions of dollars to the region in jobs and economic development.”
“We (I-77 Mobility Partners) firmly believe that the I-77 Express Lanes project will provide a long-term solution to the Charlotte and Lake Norman region’s severe traffic problems in accordance with the reasoned policy decisions of the state legislature and NCDOT,” said CEO Javier Tamargo.
Previously, the court denied the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the project pending the outcome of this litigation. Given that favorable outcome, we filed the motion for summary judgment to ask the court to dismiss the complaint because the project and the Comprehensive Agreement fully comply with all applicable law.
The $648 million project will extend 26 miles between the I-77 connection with I-277 in Charlotte and just north of Exit 36 in Mooresville. The express lanes are dedicated travel lanes that will run adjacent to the existing general purpose lanes on I-77. Two express lanes will run on I-77 in each direction between Charlotte and Exit 28 in Cornelius. One express lane in either direction will run from Exit 28 to Exit 36. Motorists will be able to decide if they want to use the express lanes, the general purpose lanes or a combination of both to allow for a more efficient drive. The entire 26-mile project is scheduled to open in 2018.
NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners continue working together to deliver this project, which will provide drivers with more choices for their travel into and around the Charlotte region.