- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte’s transportation planning organization is turning against allocating carpool lanes on the newly widened Interstate 485 before express toll lanes are created in five years.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1Cek8z3 ) the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization decided the estimated $2 million cost wouldn’t be worth the short-term benefits.

The state Department of Transportation expects to complete express toll lanes on the Charlotte outerbelt by 2020 connecting Interstate 77 to U.S. 74. The DOT finished widening I-485 in December, adding a new lane to the highway in each direction as well as extra-wide shoulders that it plans to convert into the toll lanes.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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