Editorial: It is Time To Break the I-77 Toll Contract
After about a decade of working on the I-77 toll project, it is time for the contract to be broken. Where the blame lies for this contract and all the surrounding issues is unclear, however it's clear who can fix it: Gov. Pat McCrory. McCrory needs to work with the General Assembly to get out of this contract and if he doesn't, he might pay a political price in November.
No matter the result of Tuesday’s primary elections, one issue will continue to dominate the discussion of state politics, at least locally — the Interstate 77 toll contract.
Where the blame lies really doesn’t matter, at this point. The incumbents are vulnerable because, despite the toll roads being in the works for nearly a decade, the issue has grabbed the attention of the public in just the past few years and actual work recently began on Interstate 77. The principles of primacy and recency apply.
Most vulnerable of all is Gov. Pat McCrory, who will certainly bear the brunt of the attention applied to the toll contract. If McCrory has any chance at all of keeping his seat, he’ll work with anti-toll legislators in the General Assembly over the next few months to get the state out of its contract with Cintra.