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NC State Officials Unveil Transportation Infrastructure Plan

North Carolina Southern Piedmont Region Rand McNally Map circa 1947
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North Carolina's Department of Transportation has released a plan that would spend $15 billion on road construction, aviation and public transit projects through 2025.

The plan would use new standards under a new method approved by the General Assembly last year. Governor Pat McCrory said it's the right choice for the state:

"We're taking away the choke points which block access to rural and urban areas alike, to spur economic growth and create jobs. We're taking the politics out of road building and transportation so we're getting a bigger bang out of limited dollars."

The plan reduces the influence of local politicians on road projects. Instead, it gives state and regional planners more oversight. Projects on the list include the Mid-Currituck Bridge on the Outer Banks and an Interstate 95 loop around Fayetteville. A public comment and meeting period will begin in March.

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