• DOT: Major Charlotte road projects at risk

    By: Tina Terry


    North Carolina's Department of Transportation officials said major Charlotte area road projects are at risk.

    Eyewitness News reported the federal government doesn't think it has enough money in its Highway Trust Fund to help states pay for road projects this summer.
    "Projects moving into the next fiscal year are the ones that will be impacted," said Louis Mitchell, division engineer with NCDOT. 
    The list obtained by Eyewitness News has about 30 other projects that are at risk of starting. 
    They carry a price tag of more than $301 million. 
    Officials said two of the most important in the area are widening Interstate 85 from Cabarrus County to Rowan County and widening North Carolina Highway 3 north of Kannapolis.
    "We have a congestion problem. We have a growing thriving region. We're reliant on those funds," said Mitchell.
    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sent a plan to Congress recently that would get more money into that Highway Trust Fund but this week, Foxx told states his office would have to limit payments for state projects if Congress doesn't act.
    NCDOT said it sent the list of at-risk projects to congressional leaders from the Charlotte area in hopes they can help push the projects forward.

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