Monday, March 2, 2015

Tuesday, has their day in court

Tomorrow is the big day in the long fight against tolling I77 with HOT lanes. has their day in court with a hearing on their motions asking for an injunction against the project.

This could go one of a few ways.

The group could get a temporary injunction - halting the project while it works its way through court.w. The project could be allowed to go forward while the court proceedings continue to trial.  Or, the groups case could effectively be thrown out by the judge.

Obviously, the activist group is hoping for an injunction.

What would be interesting to watch will be what happens if they receive no injunction, but the case is allowed to go forward.  How will something like that effect the outstanding financing efforts?  Cintra, the Spanish firm with the contract for the project, has not finalized how it will pay for the project, and it will be interesting to watch how a court case hanging over the project impacts that effort.

See below for the press release on the project.  If you are interested in going to see the action, contact

Charlotte, N.C. – (February 25, 2015) - The Honorable W. Osmond Smith, III, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge in Judicial District 9A (Caswell and Person Counties) has been appointed to hear the complaint of WidenI77 (Plaintiff) v. N.C. DOT and I-77 Mobility Partners, LLC (Defendants).

Judge Smith will be hearing the Motions with regard to the temporary injunction to stop the I-77 Toll Lane Project at the Alamance County Historic Courthouse in Graham, N.C. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

WidenI77 and our team of attorneys led by Matt Arnold Esq. of Arnold & Smith, PLLC ( ) are pleased to have the opportunity to present WidenI77’s case to Judge Smith. WidenI77 would like to invite our friends and supporters to join us in Graham to observe the hearing and to show support. See our website for more information on the trip to Graham Tuesday morning, March 3rd.

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