Raleigh - Members of the North Carolina Board of Transportation have approved the amended project schedules of many transportation projects across the state. As a result, improvements to the Richmond Airport and the Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County will move up.
At the Richmond Airport, accelerated construction includes extending runway 14-32 from 4,200 feet to 5,500 feet. This will help to increase safety for flyers departing and arriving at the airport. It also allows for larger aircrafts to use this airport. The construction will move from an original 2025 start date to 2020. Additionally, crews will work to clear obstructions at the runway 14 approach, also increasing safety. This work is accelerated from an original 2022 start date to 2020.
At the Raleigh Executive Jetport, work to construct apron expansion and a 25-foot widening of the taxiway will accelerate from 2024 to a 2020 start date.
Late last year, Governor Pat McCrory announced many transportation projects would see construction dates moved up thanks to the signed 2015 state budget. This approval continues to pave the way.
The state budget included an additional $1.6 billion over the next 10 years for transportation funding. It 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.
Sixty-six non-highway projects are being added to or accelerated in the recently approved 2016-2025 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the department's 10-year construction plan. An additional 92 new segments of highway projects can now be funded in the program. Also, the construction schedules of another 90 highway projects already approved in the STIP are being accelerated.
All local and statewide non-highway projects also being accelerated or added can be found here.