Foothills-area projects include completion of the I-40/77 Interchange improvements in Statesville
Charlotte - At its meeting today 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 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, nine highway projects and six non-highway projects were either expedited or added to the 10-year transportation plan.
These projects include:
- Widening I-85 in Gaston County from Exit 17 (U.S. 321) to Exit 10 (U.S. 74). Right-of-way acquisition for the widening project is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2022, and construction is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2024;
- Completing the improvements to the I-40/I-77 interchange in Iredell County: Right-of-way acquisition and construction scheduled for fiscal year 2018;
- Widening N.C. 150 from the relocated N.C. 16 to I-77: Right-of-way acquisition for Segment A accelerated from fiscal year 2025 to fiscal year 2022 and construction scheduled for fiscal year 2025;
- Upgrading N.C. 16 in Alexander County from the Catawba River to the Wilkes County line: Right-of-way acquisition scheduled for fiscal year 2022 and construction scheduled for fiscal year 2024;
- Widening 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 year 2024 to fiscal year 2023;
- Improving the intersection of N.C. 16 and County Home Road in Alexander County: Right-of-way acquisition scheduled for fiscal year 2020 and construction scheduled for fiscal year 2020;
- Constructing the Eastside Thoroughfare/McDonald Parkway in Catawba County from U.S. 321/70 to N.C. 127: Right-of-way for Segment B scheduled for fiscal year 2023 and construction scheduled for fiscal year 2025;
- Widening N.C. 180 in Cleveland County from N.C. 226 to N.C. 150: Right-of-way acquisition scheduled for fiscal year 2023 and construction scheduled for fiscal year 2025; and
- Improving the intersection of N.C. 3 and Kistler Farm Road in Iredell County: Right-of-way acquisition scheduled for fiscal year 2020 and construction scheduled for fiscal year 2022.
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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