I-77 toll lane signs will flash mes­sages, but don’t be fooled

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Local - BY JOE MARUSAK [email protected]­lot­teob­server.com

Dig­i­tal signs for the In­ter­state 77 toll lanes pro­ject are sched­uled to flash mes­sages beginning Mon­day in the Lake Nor­man area, but don’t let that fool you into think­ing you can ride in the lanes just yet.

It’s only a test, ac­cord­ing to I-77 Mo­bil­ity Part­ners, the sub­sidiary of Spain-based Cin­tra, the gen­eral con­trac­tor on the pro­ject.

Signs will be tested on I-77 from I-485 near Hun­tersville to Mooresville in south­ern Ire­dell County.

“Mo­torists will see the dig­i­tal mes­sage signs on the right-hand side of the road with ro­tat­ing mes­sages that read “EX­PRESS LANES ARE CLOSED” and “TEST,” ac­cord­ing to an I-77 Mo­bil­ity Part­ners news re­lease on Fri­day.

Signs above the toll lanes, which re­main un­der con­struc­tion, also will be tested, of­fi­cials said.

“The toll signs will dis­play num­bers to con­duct this test­ing,” ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. “Driv­ers may also see test-re­lated ve­hi­cles in (the toll lanes) as this test­ing is oc­cur­ring.”

Planned en­trances to the toll lanes from I-77’s ex­ist­ing free lanes will re­main “closed and blocked,” pro­ject of­fi­cials said in the re­lease.

The 26-mile pro­ject from Mooresville to up­town Char­lotte was sup­posed to fin­ish in late 2018, but work will con­tinue un­til later this year, state high­way of­fi­cials said.

The north­ern part of the pro­ject, from Ham­bright Road in Hun­tersville to Exit 36 in Mooresville, is sched­uled to open soon, ac­cord­ing to Fri­day’s I-77 Mo­bil­ity Part­ners re­lease, although no month or day has been re­leased.

When the north­ern sec­tion opens, “cus­tomers will re­ceive a 25 per­cent pro­mo­tional rate off tolls un­til the en­tire road­way opens,” of­fi­cials said.

JOHN D. SIM­MONS jsim­[email protected]­lot­teob­server.com

Dig­i­tal toll lane signs will flash mes­sages beginning Mon­day on In­ter­state 77 in the Lake Nor­man area, where the toll lanes are un­der con­struc­tion. But it’s only a test, ac­cord­ing to I-77 Mo­bil­ity Part­ners.

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