Letters to the Editor

Nick Tennyson: Better road planning worth celebrating

Three years ago, Gov. Pat McCrory signed landmark legislation that took the politics out of transportation planning. The Strategic Transportation Investments law transformed the way the state prioritizes and pays for much-needed transportation projects by creating a new, more transparent way of funding projects based on ability to reduce congestion, increase safety and promote economic growth. This long overdue overhaul of our road building process allows us to prioritize projects based on need, using a combination of data-driven scoring and local input. The formula provides flexibility required to meet our state’s diverse and growing transportation needs and is funding nearly three times as many projects and supporting nearly twice as many jobs as the previous formula.

Our current 10-year plan funds nearly 1,100 projects across all modes of transportation, including improvements in each of the state’s 100 counties. These improvements will better connect our communities to critical destinations and open the door to new opportunity. Road building is now more efficient and effective. After three years, the law has proven successful in building more roads faster, which will benefit North Carolina for generations to come. That’s something worth celebrating.

Nick Tennyson

N.C. Secretary of Transportation