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N.C. DOT plans 36 interstate improvement projects

Posted July 27, 2009

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation has received funding to complete 36 interstate improvement projects this summer and fall.

Most of the work will be restricted to nighttime lane closures, with occasional daytime lane closures.

DOT officials said they are able to move forward with the projects due to funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, or ARRA, and Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles, or GARVEE bonds.

GARVEE bonds are a financing tool that allows the department to borrow against future federal funding, which helps avoid increased costs due to delays and inflation, according to DOT.

Department officials said they received $838 million from ARRA. Of those funds, $735 million is designated for highway and bridge projects, with $103 million for transit projects.

Last week, DOT sold $242.5 million in GARVEE bonds – the second in a series that will total about $1 billion. The program will enable the department to accelerate the completion of about 49 projects by more than three years and save taxpayers more than $209 million in inflation costs, according to the department.

Every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Every dollar invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact, DOT officials said, citing the construction industry.


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  • Professor Jul 28, 2009


    No everything is good. Go back and reread. WRAL knows what they are doing. You don't. :)

  • delilahk2000 Jul 28, 2009


  • delilahk2000 Jul 28, 2009

    more wasted money if it has to be done twice, make sure you look at the right plans this time. IT IS OUR TAX MONEY

  • Professor Jul 28, 2009

    With the high heat and the DOT workers dealing with it - many of you on board would not last. They deserve a paid dinner from NC for doing a wonder job. Glad I do not have to do it.

  • Professor Jul 28, 2009

    if you ask me in my personal opinion the entire ncdot is a total joke pbjbeach

    If you would close your hands and mouth and apply for a job there, moonpie, you would not last 5 minutes doing the job DOT does. So stop your critizing unless you have something good to say. These DOT workers work hard to make it safe for all of us. You know nothing.

  • Professor Jul 28, 2009

    There are a lot on of half unpaved roads in Chatham County, Dot needs to work on that, even more so.

  • Bendal1 Jul 28, 2009


    You're talking about a performance clause in the construction contracts, and those are strongly opposed by the contractors and their lobbyists. Some states have used them in limited circumstances and had good results, but they also drive up construction costs. Basically the contractors bid everything higher to cover what might happen years after the work is done. It's a good idea (European countries do it all the time) but there'll need to be a change in the mentality of both the DOT's and contractors before they become commonplace.

  • killerkestrel Jul 28, 2009


    Your comments are very hard to read.

    I have upclose personal experience with NCDOT work, and most of the contracts are overseen by NCDOT personnel in Division 4. How do you come by your claims?

    Are there mistakes and errors? Yes. But there are not as many as people claim. I mostly heard of two for the last five years, I-795 and I-40. The private sector has plenty of waste as well, but it isn't as interesting to news folks.

    The vast majority of NCDOT employees want to do the work correctly, and create and maintain a great transportation network for the people and visitors of NC. But mistakes happen and needed projects don't get done because of funding, and then people blame NCDOT. And then the hard working employees loose morale.

  • justiceforall Jul 28, 2009

    How about learning to write contracts where if your finished product does not meet specifications and hold up for a specific amount of time, that the contractor has to pay the costs to fix it, and not the taxpayers?

  • Bendal1 Jul 28, 2009


    You are making stuff up left and right. I know first hand that most highway projects aren't anywhere as messed up as you claim, and that the specs and special provisions are indeed followed very closely on most projects. Are they always followed? Well no, and that's because field conditions don't always allow them to be followed. That's when the resident engineer and the design teams come up with an acceptable way to deal with the situation.

    In short, sir, your claims are garbage and you're full of it.