- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House wants to examine more closely transportation funding issues and whether projects like those creating toll lanes on Interstate 77 make sense.

Speaker Tim Moore’s office announced Friday chamber members to serve on what’s called the House Select Committee on Strategic Transportation Planning and Long Term Funding Solutions. Its first meeting is expected this month.

The panel will scrutinize a plan now under way to create toll lanes from downtown Charlotte to Mooresville. Local residents and elected officials have sought to cancel a private developer’s contract to operate the “express lanes.” The committee also could look at improvements to Interstate 95, state ports and other infrastructure.

Rep. John Torbett of Stanley is the committee chairman. Any panel recommendations would still require full General Assembly approval to occur.

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