Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that he will urge the legislature to let North Carolinians vote in November on a pair of bond proposals that would have the state borrow $2.85 billion to take advantage of low interest rates and move quickly on needed improvements for state roads and buildings.
The House voted 113-0 to get rid of the state Map Act, which enables the state Department of Transportation to cut its right-of-way costs by preventing landowners from developing property it expects to buy for future highway projects.
The state gas tax would be chopped down to 30 cents a gallon, but other taxes and fees would rise sharply, under sweeping legislation filed Thursday to change how the state collects money for transportation – and how it spends it.
A Chicago man pleaded guilty Thursday in Raleigh to federal charges related to the manufacture of defective bearings that were installed in up to 25 bridges built by the North Carolina Department of Transportation between 2009 and 2011.
Sen. Bill Rabon wants the state to stop letting Ocracoke Island residents go to the front of the line for free at the busy ferry dock – and to start collecting $150 a year from anybody willing to pay for priority boarding.
A proposal to grant driving privileges to immigrants in North Carolina illegally, if they pass a criminal background check and are fingerprinted, has advocates and critics. It passed through a House committee Wednesday.
Fifteen years after it was endorsed in the Triangle’s first, failed transit plan, an odd-duck sort of train has found new life as the vehicle most likely to bring rail transit service – some day – to Wake County. The diesel multiple unit has become the preferred option over electric-powered light rail.
Cary’s road connectivity rules are meant to improve traffic, reduce emergency response times and welcome other forms of transportation besides motor vehicles. But some claim the rules sometimes force a connection between incompatable subdivisions and overburden old roads with new traffic.
More than 8,300 runners are expected Sunday morning, along with thousands of spectators, for the second annual Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon – a huge, daylong event that will tie up church and neighborhood traffic downtown and in West Raleigh.
The Wake County Public School System outfitted 16 school buses with exterior cameras to capture those who take the risk of passing a stopped school bus when the red lights are flashing and the stop sign arm is extended.
Raleigh’s most popular greenways and tourist sites will soon see some unusual pedestrians. They’ll be strapped with nearly 70 pounds of digital equipment each, with giant metal eyeballs protruding from their bulky, angular backpacks.
North Carolina legislators have reduced the number of cars that must undergo an emissions inspection every year, and state environmental officials say they can cut back even more without making the air unhealthy.
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