Transportation Secretary Gene Conti announced that North Carolina has received $838 million for transportation improvements through the federal economic recovery plan. The total includes about $735 million for highway and bridge projects and about $103 million for transit, including aviation, bicycle and pedestrian, ferry, public transportation and rail projects.
“This funding will help us move forward with needed transportation improvements as well as create and sustain job opportunities for North Carolinians,” Conti said. “We’re in the process of working with communities across the state to determine which projects would best help us meet both these goals.”
NCDOT plans to let highway and bridge projects funded through the first half of its share to contract by June. On the transit side, NCDOT is working with federal transportation agencies to determine funding distribution and continues to work with local transit partners to develop project priorities and schedules.
The plan also includes $8 billion to deploy high-speed passenger rail systems and improve intercity passenger rail. The U.S. Department of Transportation will award these funds on a competitive basis, and NCDOT is pursuing this funding to use for further development of the Southeast High-Speed Rail corridor between Charlotte and Washington, D.C.
In November, NCDOT began identifying about $5 billion in highway/bridge improvements and about $1 billion in projects for other modes that could be ready quickly, and is now working to narrow down the initial list. Projects ultimately selected for funding will benefit communities across the state and help a wide range of industry partners.
The department recently added $92.8 million in highway and bridge improvements that would be funded through the stimulus plan to the list of projects to be let to contract in March. These 11 projects, selected for their critical role in safety, mobility and economic development, range from $650,000 for a bridge replacement project in Currituck County to more than $20 million for a road widening project in Forsyth and Stokes counties.
Most projects being considered have already been approved as part of NCDOT’s seven-year Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and have been delayed due to lack of funding.
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