Road Worrier blog
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 19, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposal to borrow more than $1 billion for transportation improvements is focused on getting money for mostly rural projects that would be ready to start construction within the next year or two, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata says.
Meanwhile, state Treasurer Janet Cowell says North Carolina can afford to borrow up to $1.2 billion for transportation infrastructure investments.
Tata issued a statement Friday to flesh out details of a revenue bond issue McCrory proposed during local news conferences in four cities Wednesday. The bonds were mentioned in McCrory’s discussion of his long-range priorities for transportation investments.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 17, 2014
Gov. Pat McCrory’s 38-page "Vision for North Carolina" includes an interstate upgrade for US 70 in Eastern North Carolina, beefed-up mass transit for urban areas, bridge upgrades at the Outer Banks and improved road and rail freight routes.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 15, 2014
Transportation Secretary Tony Tata, who once vilified environmental lawyers as "ivory tower elitists" and latte drinkers, said NCDOT and the Southern Environmental Law Center hope to work out a deal to replace the Oregon Inlet Bridge and solve related issues farther south on NC 12.
Posted on September 11, 2014
Drivers will use a 9-mile detour while the Auburn Knightdale Road bridge over the Neuse River is demolished and replaced with a new bridge.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 10, 2014
Citing an appellate court ruling against its plans to replace the aging Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet, NCDOT said it will suspend work on another Outer Banks bridge.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 9, 2014
Enviva LP, based in Maryland, will make wood pellets to be shipped to Europe from its planned export facility at the state port in Wilmington.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on September 8, 2014
After decades of delay, North Carolina's Department of Transportation is preparing to start construction on a highway project that will provide the last stoplight-free link for a new north-south freeway from Interstate 85 in northern Durham to Interstate 40 at Research Triangle Park.