- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House wants the Department of Transportation to cancel an agreement with a private builder to construct special toll lanes on Interstate 77 north of Charlotte.

The House voted 81-27 on Thursday for legislation directing DOT halt the new 50-year arrangement with the company called Cintra for express lanes. Bill supporters say the deal is bad financially for the state and drivers and won’t reduce congestion. Co-sponsor Rep. John Bradford of Cornelius says there are no realistic alternate routes for drivers to avoid the toll.

Many House Republican transportation leaders voted no, saying inadequate road funding makes tolling a realistic option to build projects cheaper. DOT Secretary Nick Tennyson warned lawmakers this week a cancellation could mean a huge monetary penalty.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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