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Perdue to discuss N.C. road projects

Posted February 24, 2009

— Gov. Beverly Perdue plans to travel the state Tuesday to announce where construction will begin as the state puts the first round of federal stimulus money to work on infrastructure projects.

Her first stop will be in Lenoir County, where she will discuss a project involving Crescent Road near the Global TransPark.

After lunch, she will be in Mecklenburg County for a road project involving N.C. Highway 218, which runs through Union and Anson counties.

Finally, just before 3 p.m., she will visit Guilford and Alamance counties to announce improvements to Interstates 85 and 40.

The state Department of Transportation says at least $838 million in stimulus money will repair bridges and roads or pay for other transit projects.

DOT has said it wants to let construction contracts by June for the first half of its federal money for bridges and highways.

Perdue said Monday she'll soon unveil a Web site tracking how the state's $6.1 billion share of the stimulus is spent.

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  • affirmativediversity Feb 24, 2009

    fatchanceimwrong posted, "... I recommend accordingly that as for every job that is created and becomes available, an equal number of unemployment payments are stopped, with of couse some transition time. For example, the first people this year who filed for unemployment and are still receiving it get a notice sent that a job is now there for them. If they choose not to work then they lose all unemployment benefits."

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    EXCELLENT IDEA!!!

    Finally, a TRUE TEST of this STIMULUS/PORK FEST...let's see if "unemployment rates" go down!!!!!

  • affirmativediversity Feb 24, 2009

    RLW posted, "...At least the money is going into something tangible. There needs to be responsibility in where the money goes...however the criteria for projects is that they must be ready to go to construction..."

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    Don't kid yourself! This money is NOT going to ANYTHING TANGIBLE! Since when did the START OF "road construction" in the SPRING time become STIMULATIVE? What happened to ALL THE MONEY ALREADY APPROPRIATED for ALL THESE "ready to go" projects"????? Where did ALL THAT MONEY GO??? (you remember..all that GAS TAX you pay...the TAGS and VEHICLE TAX...remember???)

    HOW MANY NEW JOBS...I suspect NONE...anyone who works "road construction" knows there down time is winter and come spring "they get called back"...

    ITS ALL A SHELL GAME! Where is the DOT BUDGET NOW...since everything appropriated in THAT BUDGET is now being called "STIMULUS"?????????

  • fatchanceimwrong Feb 24, 2009

    RLW, here are some recommendations:

    - I recommend that the NC Governor use the available technology and media outlets to relay her plans for road construction, thereby saving taxpayer dollars that would otherwise be spent on a useless roadtrip.

    - I recommend that the provision be put back in the stimulus package that any jobs created with stimulus money only be made available to U.S. Citizens with proof of citizenship required.

    - I recommend accordingly that as for every job that is created and becomes available, an equal number of unemployment payments are stopped, with of couse some transition time. For example, the first people this year who filed for unemployment and are still receiving it get a notice sent that a job is now there for them. If they choose not to work then they lose all unemployment benefits.

    - I recommend that all spending of stimulus monies by the State be accounted for and revealed to the public. Then we can have more informed voters next election.

  • aintbackingdwn Feb 24, 2009

    The deer in the headlight look - way to go NC voters

  • Bendal1 Feb 24, 2009

    Actually, according to the N&O's article on the same subject, NC is going to fund the I-40 widening between Wade Avenue and US 1 with GARVEE bonds, which will definitely speed up when it goes to construction.

    GARVEE bonds, though, are basically the state issuing bonds that are paid off by using future FHWA highway construction money. IOW, we're using future highway money from the Feds now, rather than in the year it's released to the state.

    SC did this to build several projects around Charleston, and then ran into funding problems after they were built because, well, they didn't have any more money available since it was being used to pay off those GARVEE bonds. I was hoping NC wasn't going down that path but it looks like we are.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Feb 24, 2009

    She looks like she was standing in front of oncoming traffic when this picture was taken.

  • RLW Feb 24, 2009

    I am seeing alot of complaints about the stimulus package, however, I am not seeing any recommendations. I have seen someone say that government has made it easier for folks to sit at home and collect unemployment. Obviously from someone who is not unemployed at this time. Most of the complainers probably were not complaining when the previous administration gave billions to the banks and they are still laying off folks. At least the money is going into something tangible. There needs to be responsibility in where the money goes...however the criteria for projects is that they must be ready to go to construction whether traditionally or through design-build. I-40 between Wade Ave and 1-64 is not. Charlotte is vying for $125M for their outer loop and it looks like they might get it...politics or not. Let's use this blog for constructive means and not crying or criticizing. Come with ideas and real information. The complaining and lack of valuable input is wasting valuable server space.

  • Obama-is-a-retard Feb 24, 2009

    Well what good are roads if no one has a job to go to. This is not going to help anyone but DOT who can't build roads. They have proved this over and over. It will be a waste of good money. Might as well plan on spending twice what ever the road is going to cost since it will start to crumble right after the first car uses it.

  • photoz Feb 24, 2009

    Hey Bev, check out the bottleneck on I-40 from Wade Ave - 1/64.
    From 4 lanes to 2 back to 4 again really needs to be fixed fast.

  • fatchanceimwrong Feb 24, 2009

    Obama vowed to oversee the spending of the stimulus money by the individual Governors. Does Bev need to fly around the state making speeches? Can't she simply call the mayors of the towns mentioned and let them get the word out to the citizens? Can't she relay her plans through the media? Let's see if Obama has any problems with her spending thousands on her unneccessary road trip. I'll bet it doesn't even register with him. The only problem he'll have with any Governors is when they don't spend the money according to his wishes.

    As far as illegal aliens getting the road construction jobs, the democrats made sure they will be eligible by removing the stipulation that said they couldn't get them. But I have one concern around this...if the mexicans don't do the work, who will? Who's going to work for what they will work for? The government has made it easier & more lucrative to sit at home & draw unemployment or welfare.

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