At its meeting Thursday in Raleigh, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved new transportation projects, as well as accelerated schedules for already-planned projects, as part of the 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which is the N.C. Department of Transportation’s 10-year construction plan. These changes, called amendments, were made possible thanks to Governor Pat McCrory’s 2015 budget.
“The reforms I signed into law will get these roads built sooner,” Governor McCrory said. “The primary purpose of the reforms was to ensure transportation funds were being spent on transportation projects and not diverted to other state programs.”
For NCDOT’s Division 10, which includes Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties, eight projects were expedited, so that they can be delivered to the public sooner than originally expected.
- Construction of the new Weddington Road interchange with I-485 was accelerated from fiscal year2019 to fiscal year2016. Additional Charlotte-area projects with schedules expedited by the recently signed state budget include:
- Upgrading the existing interchange at I-77 and Gilead Road in Mecklenburg County: Right-of-way accelerated from fiscal year2018 to fiscal year2017 and construction accelerated from fiscal year2019 to fiscal year2018;
- Widening of West Catawba Avenue from N.C. 73/Sam Furr Road to east of Torrence Chapel Road in Mecklenburg County: Construction of Segment B accelerated from fiscal year2021 to fiscal year2020;
- Widening of N.C. 73 from N.C. 16 Business in Lincoln County to West Catawba Avenue in Mecklenburg County: Construction of Segment A accelerated from fiscal year2024 to fiscal year2023;
- Widening of John Street-Old Monroe Road from Trade Street to Wesley Chapel-Stouts Road: Construction of Segment B accelerated from fiscal year2024 to fiscal year2022 and right-of-way acquisition for Segment C accelerated from fiscal year2022 to fiscal year2020;
- Reconfiguring to a superstreet design the intersection of U.S. 74/Roosevelt Boulevard and Rocky River Road in Union County: Right-of-way acquisition accelerated from fiscal year2019 to fiscal year2017 and construction accelerated from fiscal year2021 to fiscal year2018;
- Widening of U.S. 21/Statesville Road from Northcross Center Court to Westmoreland Road in Mecklenburg County: Right-of-way acquisition accelerated from fiscal year2022 to fiscal year2020 and construction accelerated from fiscal year2024 to fiscal year2020; and
- Widening of U.S. 21 from Gilead Road to Holly Point Drive in Mecklenburg County: Right-of-way acquisition accelerated from fiscal year2022 to fiscal year2020 and construction accelerated from fiscal year2024 to fiscal year2020.
“These projects are designed to enhance mobility in the greater Charlotte area, and amendments to the state’s 10-year transportation plan will help us deliver them to the public sooner than anticipated," said Tracy F. Dodson, Board of Transportation member representing Division 10.
The complete expanded and accelerated list of highway and non-highway projects can be found on NCDOT’s website.
The state budget included additional funding for transportation through the elimination of the transfer from the Highway Fund to the General Fund and through other fee and rate changes resulting in an additional $1.6 billion over the next 10 years for transportation construction.
The department followed the Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law to identify new projects (either segments or entire projects) at the statewide, regional and division levels. The projects were identified from those previously scored based on the same weights and criteria (data) used to develop the 2016-2025 STIP.
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