- At their 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)
-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 Four, which includes Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties, several new projects have been added, and multiple other projects moved up in schedule. These include 18 new and accelerated highway projects, three new aviation projects and one new sidewalk project.
The following are a sample of projects that will be added or moved up in Division Four:
Construct interchange on U.S. 117 at Country Club Road in Wayne County. Construction accelerated from FY 21 to FY 17;
- Make intersection improvements on Wilson Mills Road in Johnston County at Wilson Mills Elementary School. Construction accelerated from FY 20 to FY 18; and
- Widen and make improvements to U.S. 117 between the U.S. 70 Bypass and Fedelon Trail in Goldsboro. Construction accelerated from FY 20 to FY 18.
The complete expanded and accelerated list of highway and non-highway projects can be found on NCDOT's website.
"Moving the schedule up on projects and adding necessary transportation improvements will help to greatly improve how we get around this growing region," said Board of Transportation Member Gus Tulloss. "I'm thankful to Governor McCrory and our state's General Assembly for recognizing the need for these improvements, and for taking the steps to make the funding available to provide safe and modern transportation in our state."
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.