NC receives $8.8M in grants for highway improvements

Posted August 17, 2011

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— North Carolina is the winner of more than $8.8 million in federal grants for highway improvements, the U.S. Department of Transportation says.

The funding will go toward 10 projects across the state, including $4.75 million to improve a stretch of Interstate 40 in Iredell County.

"Transportation investments like these will create jobs and improve the quality of life for North Carolina residents as well as strengthen the state's economy," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. "The demand from the states for these funds shows just how critical the need is for infrastructure investment."

LaHood did not say how many jobs there could be as a result of the grants.

Other grants include nearly $1.2 million for a construction ramp and gantry for a ferry in Craven County and $907,609 to design and build a new phase of the South Tar River Greenway in Greenville. (View a full list of projects.)


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  • rlwieland Aug 17, 2011

    I travel to eastern NC often. Theres a stretch of 40 near exit 364 that has been repaved 3 times in the last 5 years. This is just a waste of our tax payer money while I could give a long list of state roads that are way past needing a pavement job.

  • SurvivorOne Aug 17, 2011

    That will get us what? % signd, 16 feet of paving, maybe a couple of miles of grass mowing, a street light and Bev Perdue's bar bill!

  • Alexia.1 Aug 17, 2011

    I find it hard to get too excited about money for road projects when I also see the government pressing ahead with creating a state full of toll roads. Can we not kill the toll idea? How many years has this state existed? And only now we need toll roads?

  • u stand corrected Aug 17, 2011

    You are dead on the money. This country has gone crazy.

  • no taco p Aug 17, 2011

    From the link: Installing signs on Outer Banks National Scenic Byway $201,120. Just want we need more signs blocking the view on a Scenic Byway.

  • slcota Aug 17, 2011

    so lets get this straight.. its more important to improve the roads, than to give the money to schools?.. umm yea ok.. In Johnston County, they will not stop at every house this year with the bus, there are bus "stops".. my children are the first in the development to ride the bus (there are only 2 families-mine being 1 of them that get picked up here).. but instead of them stopping at our house they have to walk all the way down to the entrance of our development- which is right on hwy 210..and we cant see them from the house.. makes a lot of sense huh? my kids are in elementary school.. to young to stand there alone and wait, or to walk home from there alone. The bus drives by my house TWICE once on the way in and once on the way out. But of course making sure the blue ridge highway looks good is more important.. I am OVER this state!

  • LocalYokel Aug 17, 2011

    FREE MONEY!!! Money creates jobs. We just need more of that "free" money. Does anybody know where that granted money came from?

  • u stand corrected Aug 17, 2011

    Please don't charge us extra for the potholes.

  • u stand corrected Aug 17, 2011

    Wonder if they will just go ahead and install pot holes from the get go?

  • areadriver Aug 17, 2011

    Hopefully, the bid doesn't go to an out of state company.