Senator Tarte Requests Audit of I-77 Toll Contract Process

Senator Jeff Tarte

623 legislative office building
Raleigh, N.C. 27601

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     Contacts: Jan Copeland
February 27, 2017                                                                          919-715-3050

Nine North Carolina Legislators Send Letter to State Auditor Requesting A Review of I-77 Toll Road Contract

Raleigh, NC– The office of North Carolina State Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) with eight other members of the General Assembly today sent a letter to the State Auditor Beth Woods officially requesting that her office audit and investigate the RFP and contract (documents and processes) for the I77 toll road project between the state of North Carolina and Cintra/I77 Mobility Partners.

Since the summer of 2014 Senator Tarte has been requesting an independent review of this contract. “It is generally acknowledged that this contract has many issues and would not be a template for future state contracts. It is time to ensure all the rules, procedures, protocols and guidelines associated with the RFP and contract were followed in accordance with state and federal laws. If any material issues are identified during this audit we can determine the appropriate action(s) to remedy such. A desired outcome from this exercise will be improvements to future state contractual provisions to optimize the benefits and protect the interests of the citizens of our great state” said Senator Tarte.

Joining Senator Tarte in the letter are his fellow co-chairman of State and Local Government, Senators Tamara Barringer(R-Wake) and John Alexander(R-Wake). In addition the letter is signed by Rep. John Bradford(R-Mecklenburg), Rep. Chaz Beasley(D-Mecklenburg), Sen. Andrew Brock(R-Davie), Sen. David Curtis(R-Lincoln), Senator Jim Davis(R-Franklin), and Senator Tom McInnis(R-Richmond). A copy of the letter is attached to this release.