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NC doles out $138M to towns for local road work

Posted October 11, 2011 6:12 p.m. EDT
Updated October 12, 2011 10:34 a.m. EDT

— Money from the state gas tax and other highway fees is being spread around to 500 North Carolina cities and towns for urban road work.

The state Transportation Department said Tuesday it's distributing $138 million for local roads. Half the money was sent out last week and the rest is coming in January.

The amount each municipality gets is based on a formula set by the General Assembly. Seventy-five percent of the funds are awarded based on population, while the remaining 25 percent is based on the number of street miles each municipality maintains.

Each community determines how to spend its money.

Charlotte received the highest amount at $18.6 million, followed by Raleigh at $9.8 million. Durham received $5.7 million. Twenty-one cities received at least $1 million for their transportation projects.