N.C. 211 section in Moore County sped up
Raleigh - Members of the North Carolina Board of Transportation have approved the amended project schedules of many transportation projects across the state. In Moore County, this means the widening of N.C. 211 from Holly Grove School Road to N.C. 73 in West End will be accelerated two years, with construction moving up to 2020.
Late last year, Governor Pat McCrory announced that many transportation projects across the state would see construction dates moved up thanks to the signed 2015 state budget. This approval continues to pave the way.
"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."
Construction of other local projects also will be accelerated or newly funded, because of the budget. These projects will increase local mobility and connectivity and include:
- Upgrading the U.S. 74/Future I-74 corridor from Hamlet to Laurinburg in Richmond and Scotland counties;
- In Hoke and Scotland counties, widening of U.S. 401 Business north of Laurinburg to U.S. 401 Business northeast of Raeford to a multi-lane road;
- In Moore County, N.C. 24/N.C. 27 widening from the courthouse west of N.C. 22 (McNeil Street) to U.S. 15/501 in Carthage to three lanes with pedestrian access;
- In Hoke County, constructing a multi-lane area on a new location on Gillis Hill Road Extension from Rockfish Road to Lindsay Road, which will tie into the intersection of Rockfish Road and School Drive;
- In Hoke and Cumberland counties, widening Gillis Hill Road from U.S. 401 (Raeford Road) to Lindsay Road; and
- In Randolph and Guilford counties, widening Surrett Drive from Eden Terrace to West Market Center Drive in High Point to a multi-lane road.
"These local projects will absolutely work to provide congestion relief and increase safety throughout the division," said Division Eight Board member Pat Molamphy. "I'm happy to see these reforms of the 2015-17 budget that Governor McCrory signed into law, especially the N.C. 211 project accelerated with an anticipated completion date before the U.S. Open in 2024."
The state budget included an additional $1.6 billion over the next 10 years for transportation funding. This was done 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. Additionally, the construction schedules of another 90 highway projects already approved in the STIP 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.