Construction of multiple local projects also being moved up or newly funded.
RALEIGH - Governor Pat McCrory recently announced that a section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop is seeing its construction date moved up thanks to the signed 2015 state budget. Construction of other local projects is also accelerating or being newly funded, because of the budget. Members of the North Carolina Board of Transportation today received the amended project schedules for review at their monthly meeting and are expected to approve them in January 2016.
"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 section extending the loop from Camden Road to Interstate 95 South of Fayetteville will see the construction accelerated from 2021 to 2020. Additionally, other newly funded projects will increase local mobility and connectivity in the Fayetteville/Hope Mills area and include:
- Widening Cliffdale Road from a two-lane to a multi-lane road from McPherson Church Road to Morganton Road;
- Widening Rockfish Road from Golfview Road to N.C. 59 and Golfview Road from Rockfish to N.C. 59; and
- Widening Shaw Road/Shaw Mill Road/Rosehill Road/Stacey Weaver Drive from U.S. 401/Ramsey Street to N.C. 210/Murchison Road and constructing part on a new location.
"The acceleration of these two sections of the Fayetteville Outer Loop will work to improve vehicle capacity and relieve congestion along the I-295 corridor," said Division Six Board of Transportation member Terry Hutchens. "This will help not only our local drivers, but also connect Fort Bragg to the strategic I-95 corridor and enhance mobility options for our military."
The state budget included an additional $1.6 billion over the next 10 years for transportation funding. They did so through the elimination of the transfer from the Highway Fund to the General Fund and through other fee and rate changes. The additional money allows N.C. Transportation to add or accelerate a total of 248 construction projects across the state.
Ninety-two new segments of highway projects can now be funded in the recently approved 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the department's 10-year construction plan. The construction schedules of another 90 highway projects already approved in the STIP also are being accelerated. An additional 66 non-highway projects are also being added to or accelerated in the program.
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.
All local and statewide projects also being accelerated or added can be found here