A release from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Thursday, November 19, states that the Mid-Currituck Bridge will be accelerated, along with numerous project due to reforms in the 2015-2017 budget which has been signed into law. Please view the release below, and learn more about the project by following this link to read Sam Walker’s article posted on the Outer Banks Voice.
Release from Governor McCrory’s office dated November 19, 2015:
Governor McCrory Announces Accelerated Timelines for Major Transportation Projects
Raleigh, NC – Governor Pat McCrory announced that the final leg of the eastern section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, the Asheville Connector, the Weddington Road/I-485 interchange and the Mid-Currituck bridge are among the numerous projects that will be accelerated thanks to the reforms of the 2015-17 budget the governor signed into law.
“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.”
The budget reforms signed by Governor McCrory added over $700 million in new funding for transportation over two years and ended the annual transfer of $216 million from the Highway Fund to the General Fund. Over 10 years, these budget reforms are projected to provide an additional $1.6 billion for North Carolina Department of Transportation construction projects.
“These budget reforms, coupled with our 25-Year Vision and the new transportation funding formula that emphasizes congestion relief, safety and job-creation will make North Carolina more competitive and prepared for future economic growth,” Governor McCrory said.
Significant new and accelerated highway projects made possible by the additional revenue include
- Funding all four sections of the final leg of the eastern section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, which is also part of the Future Interstate 74 corridor (only segment A had been funded). The interchange at U.S. 52 also is funded;
- Accelerating by three years the Weddington Road/I-485 interchange in Mecklenburg County; Accelerating by one year into the first five years of the STIP Segment B of the Asheville Connector; and
- Accelerating by two years the Mid-Currituck Bridge, a toll bridge in Currituck County.
The complete list of accelerated schedules for transportation projects will be presented to the Board of Transportation for their review at their December meeting, with their approval expected in January 2016.
To view the proposed project list, click here (link is external).