When the DOT recently widened I-485 in South Charlotte to three lanes, it laid a fourth lane — but opted not to open it, even through congestion is still awful.
— Charlotte Observer (@theobserver) January 16, 2015
Because one day, it may want to make that lane a toll lane. And federal rules make it hard to convert a free lane into a toll lane, which the state hopes to do in maybe 5 years.
Yeah, that’s what a lot of you said, but not as nicely.
– “Another NC government disaster. Can you guys please raise our taxes again and pay yourselves more, since you do such a great job?” – CharlotteObserver.com commenter
– “All part of Pat McCrony’s plan to toll the heck out of the citizens of this state. This Republican will not support his re-election.” – CharlotteObserver.com commenter –
– “The NC taxpayers bought and paid for this lane. What right does DOT have to keep us from using it???” – Comment on Facebook
DOT spokesman says adding another lane to I-485 does not do much for traffic flow. Well….that opinion is just stupid. — Randy Baker (@bakerwire) January 16, 2015
— Jeremy Markovich (@deftlyinane) January 16, 2015
We agree, this one is a head scratcher. One thought is to make it a carpool lane, which can be converted under federal rules into a toll road. As has been noted: While carpool lanes aren’t terribly popular, it’s better than not using a perfectly good lane.
Photo: Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer