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NC DOT Considers How To Pay For I-95 Improvements

Interstate 40 traffic
Dave DeWitt
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I-40 traffic

The state Department of Transportation is continuing to seek input on the best way to pay for improvements to the I-95 corridor.  NC DOT officials released a study last week saying that among several scenarios, mitigated tolls would provide the best economic benefit. 

Out-of-state residents and businesses would pay more under a mitigated toll system.  It would raise more than five billion dollars per year through 2050 to upgrade I-95.  Improvements include road widening, re-paving and bridge replacements. 

Roberto Canales with NC DOT says not all public opinion on tolling has been positive, but most agree the work is needed 

"Most people accept and say that we need to do something to improve that road, from a safety perspective, from a capacity -- car or truck carrying perspective, and that we need to prepare it for the future,” Canales says. “We can't wait until it breaks down to start talking about what we need to do.'

Two more public hearings are scheduled. Robeson County residents will have their say today  Residents in Halifax County can take part in a hearing there tomorrow.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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