Posts Tagged ‘Transportation’

When the Department of Transportation’s board meets, there’s often decent material for a story on an upcoming highway construction project. But not this month, when the contracts approved included no projects from anywhere nearby. I’ll give the DOT the benefit of the doubt and say the projects that were awarded are all badly needed, as the state’s population growth is creating infrastructure issues all over North Carolina.But it’s always frustrating to see improvements to U.S. 52 put off indefinitely, as is the case in the DOT’s Transportation Improvement Plan. Other highway projects, such as improvements to N.C. 268, are also stuck in the “unfunded” black hole. An easy-to-read breakdown of what’s funded in our district can be viewed here. It’s nice to see I-77 and I-74 rehabilitated, but better access to the Piedmont means a lot more for this county from an economic and quality-of-life standpoint. This might be the issue to follow most closely in the governor’s race, with every candidate trotting forth a different DOT reform proposal. There’s a big shortfall on the horizon for highway projects, and they only get more expensive by the month.

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