Contractor: Interstate 77 toll lanes won’t open until 2019
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The private contactor building toll lanes on Interstate 77 in North Carolina says they won’t be done until 2019.
The Charlotte Observer reports I-77 Mobility Partners said the northern section of the project from near Hambright Road in Huntersville to N.C. Highway 150 in Mooresville, will now open in the first quarter of 2019. The contractor said the entire 26 miles to Charlotte will open by summer 2019.
The Observer reported last month that an N.C. Department of Transportation spokesman said the contractor expected to finish the northern section by the end of 2018.
Javier Tamargo, CEO of I-77 Mobility Partners, said in a statement Wednesday that unforeseen weather helped delay the project timeline, but that a new timetable is still ahead of the October 2019 contract deadline with NCDOT.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com