Durham News

Developers out to undo downtown Durham's Loop

Developer Bob Chapman sees the Downtown Loop as “a girdle” on Durham's city center, “binding and preventing downtown from growing.” He and business partner Rob Dickson want to convert the road to two-way traffic and make it more friendly to pedestrians.

State Politics

Gas tax ‘cut’ will boost NC DOT revenues by $400 million

House and Senate leaders announced a deal Thursday that will gradually cut a few pennies off the state gas and diesel fuel tax over the next two years – starting next week – and cancel a much more substantial cut that would have cost the state Department of Transportation hundreds of jobs and more than $400 million in revenues.

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NC House panel wants to revoke DOT’s power to control land

A House committee called for the repeal Tuesday of a 1987 law that lets the North Carolina Department of Transportation block development indefinitely on private land it might want to buy, years in the future, to build new roads. A separate Senate bill would amend the law, putting limits on DOT’s power to control landowners without paying them.

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