North Carolina U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis introduced the ROAD (Road to Opportunity and Development) Act on Thursday, a bill that designates the highway between Raleigh and Norfolk, Va., as a future interstate, a move that would speed travel between Raleigh and the coast.
The bill by the North Carolina Republican senator was co-sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Virginia’s two Democratic senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield introduced a companion bill in the House of Representatives.
According to a press release from Tillis’ office, the bill would designate a “high priority corridor” made up of U.S. Route 64 from Raleigh through Rocky Mount, Williamston and Elizabeth City, to U.S. 17 at its intersection in Norfolk.
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The designation would ensure that the two portions of the roads would become part of the interstate system when they are built and upgraded.
This is the second transportation project that Tillis and Butterfield have collaborated on recently. They also introduced the Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015. It would declare high priority and future interstate highways for U.S. Route 117/Interstate Route 795 from Goldsboro to Interstate Route 40 west of Faison, and U.S. Route 70 from Garner to Morehead City.