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Stimulus to fund more N.C. highway projects

Posted April 17, 2009

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— Sixty-four highway and bridge projects totaling about $209 million will be funded through a second round of federal stimulus money, officials said Friday.

The projects include $13.9 million to widen U.S. Highway 401 in northeast Wake County between Ligon Mill Road and Jonesville Road, $5.7 million to improve the interchange at Interstates 40 and 540 and $2.5 million to repave U.S. Highway 264 in eastern Wake County between U.S. Highway 64 and the Nash County line.

Wake County also will receive $4 million in the stimulus package for a Capital Area Transit facility, and more than $4.8 million will be spent upgrading traffic signals in Chapel Hill.

“North Carolina is leading the nation in efforts to expedite the selection of projects and get them under way as quickly as possible to get our people to work,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a statement. “Given our current economy, it is critical that we are using our recovery money to help put people to work and create much-needed economic growth for our communities.”

Every $1 million spent on transportation creates 30 jobs, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Construction industry analysts estimates that every $1 invested in transportation generates $6 in economic impact.

Based on those figures, state officials said the latest stimulus projects would support more than 6,000 jobs and contribute nearly $1.3 billion to the economy.

The projects will be let to contract over the next 12 months.

The state Department of Transportation has already identified about 70 stimulus-funded highway and bridge projects to be let to contract between March and June. Contracts on 11 projects totaling $65.1 million were awarded in March.

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  • Just the facts mam Apr 17, 2009

    The federal government is giving NC a bunch of stimulus money - but the federal government is broke and is giving out ALOT more money than it has coming in - and it will be this way for decades to come according to the federal government. So what is the plan for paying this money back? I have not heard an answer yet from our federal government about how we plan to pay this money back. It is easy for anyone to spend money - but at some point we have to pay it back - don't we??? Or at least have a reasonable plan for paying it back? Does our federal politicians and us citizens have our heads such stuck in the ground that we are not thinking about how we are going to pay for all of this spending. Or is the answer we will let future generations worry about this? We in this current generation should all be ashamed of ourselves if this is the answer!!!

  • wayne1961 Apr 17, 2009

    hi_i_am_wade -

    A stipulation for the stimulus $$$ is that they have to go to "shovel ready" projects, or projects that can be let for bids within (I think) 180 days. The intention is to spend it on projects quickly, and not years from now. That means all roadway drawings complete, right of way needs to have been bought, and all environmental documents signed. Basically it's "ready to go".

    I agree with you that I-95 needs improvement, and the other projects you listed are needed. But at this time, they do not meet the criteria of qualifying for stimulus $$.

    Don't blame DOT for this, the Feds made up the rules for what qualifies as a stimulus project.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 17, 2009

    Yes some poor little kid in diapers will get to pay for all the obscene spending that is happening. Then again, since it is unlikely there will be any employment, perhaps they will not have to do so.

  • Caveman93 Apr 17, 2009

    Reagan was right, the problem is too much Government.

  • affirmativediversity Apr 17, 2009

    Insurance? That's another matter.

    I might be for "government subsidized" insurance BUT it would have to be open to EVERYONE and MEDICAID should be ELIMINATED COMPLETELY!

    If "insurance" with copays is good enough for working people it should be good enough for the poor. With no exceptions!

  • affirmativediversity Apr 17, 2009

    Other than an unforseen financial problem that can be resolved in a timely manner AND that the cost of child care doesn't exceed the income coming into the household...

    I say...If you have children, you better be prepared to plan for the obvious expenses that come with parenthood...that includes CHILD CARE!

    Why should taxpayer foot the bill for other people's child care? Its thinking like that which got us into this BIG FINANCIAL GOVERNMENT GLUT mess!

  • affirmativediversity Apr 17, 2009

    mrduright:

    Are you actually advocating that the government should pay peoples child care and insurance indefinitely?

  • hi_i_am_wade Apr 17, 2009

    I've seen the list of "stimulus" road projects. The question I have is this: why isn't the stimulus money going to projects already behind schedule? I am talking about things like I-540, I-485 in Charlotte, I-140 in Wilmington, and other important projects. Okay, if there is a stupid stipulation that it has to be new stuff, then why not the disaster that is I-95. It needs to be at least 3 lanes border-to-border. I-95 is unsafe in Johnston County. Try traveling I-95 during a holiday.

    My point is this, why is the stimulus money going to mostly junk and not important projects?

  • tux Apr 17, 2009

    Instead of whining about this you should all run for office during the next election cycle. Something might actually change if they see 500 people running against them instead of the usual 1 or 2.

  • mrduright Apr 17, 2009

    NCcarguy-

    Yes I did! I doubt taxes will go done stop! I know taxes won’t go down but welfare need to go. But so you understand the government should provide assistance but only for a predetermined period of time excluding child care and health insurance then you are on your own. no more free rides!

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