After The N&O reported Wednesday that Wake County appeared to be a big winner in the state’s new “data-driven” ratings of 3,100 transportation projects, the state Department of Transportation sought to “clarify” some of the dollar figures.
My story focused on DOT ratings for projects of statewide importance, and the top-rated 91 projects that appear likely to win spots on DOT’s 10-year construction calendar. It said:
“Wake won the biggest county share with projects worth $2.7 billion – much of it drawn more from tolls than taxes. Mecklenburg County’s portion, also relying heavily on toll collection, adds up to $1.8 billion,” the story said.
Here’s a follow-up email I received Thursday from Mike Charbonneau, DOT deputy secretary for communications. He did not mention an error or request a correction, but he pointed out that construction on several of these big-dollar projects will continue – and the related state funds will be spent – for several years after the 10-year span cited in my story.