Thursday, April 30, 2009

DOT memo casts doubt on Perdue's promise

Gov. Bev Perdue pledged in late February to fast-track construction on the last piece of Charlotte's outerbelt and start work sometime this year.

But a DOT memo from late March spells out the funding challenges to starting construction on the last segment of Interstate 485 in 2009.

Today's story says the state is expected next month to propose a plan to fund the outerbelt. It's possible the plan will use money dedicated for another Charlotte project, such as widening I-85 and improving Independence Boulevard.

Matthews Mayor Lee Myers said he expects any proposal will involve cuts to other road projects, and said it would likely be "ugly."

Click here to read the internal N.C. Department of Transportation memo.

- Steve Harrison

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

bev perdue sucks!

Anonymous said...

you have to remember she is a NC Democrat = liar; say anything, steal from "Education Lottery" (What a farce that is.); they all steal from Transportation Fund - $100's of millions taked for pet programs to buy votes

Anonymous said...

There goes Perdue getting re-elected in 2012 if this isn't built.

Anonymous said...

I am a NC democrat and I think this is horrible that Bev seems to think she can get away with this. She will not get re-elected. Pat should run against her again, I'll bet he wins next time around . . . Bev sure won't.

Anonymous said...

I love all this talk about "I won't vote for her again", she'll never get re-elected etc etc....I wager she will. She has the power of Eastern NC and Raleigh behind her. And why are you so surprised, you dumb a$$es had the opportunity to put someone from our region in office and you didn't. You blindly went in and elected her and BO becasue they both talk a good story

Anonymous said...

This is bull****. I'm so sick of hearing they have NO money and that they need to take money from other projects in order to build other roads! Stop building bypasses and wasting money in the middle of nowhere and put the money in the urban areas that make up the majority of this states economy! Somehow Florida and Texas (high growth states with MULTIPLE metro areas) are able to build and widen roads but North Carolina somehow can't. The state has enough money for transportation but they either waste the money they have or it goes somewhere else and all of that needs to stop!

Anonymous said...

I'm a Democrat and I voted for Pat McCrory for Governor. This state needs urban representation! The rural hicks should no longer be running this state.

Anonymous said...

If PM were governor we'd have private school vouchers for all, state employees furloughed for two weeks instead of two days, and the outer belt would not be completed any quicker than it's gonna be. I'll take Bev over slime dog McCrory anyday. Bet he wished he had his kush job at Duke Power back.

Anonymous said...

I still want to see the Shelby bypass built, but that will probably be put off for another 30 years.

Anonymous said...

The NCDOT memo details project funding that is not probable...so what IS funded? Now that's the list that needs publishing!

Anonymous said...

OK - the DOT reported that $100-200 million was freed up because of the Monroe Bypass (because it will be a toll road) and they were exploring there options on where they could use the money. So, please, somebody tell me where this money is going? Because now they are saying they don't have enough money and that in order to finish 485 they must delay a project like I-85 widening, Independence widening, or the Monroe Bypass which I think is a bunch of BS. Can somebody figure out where this money went and what happened to it because I remember the article about the DOT having a large surplus!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot, bev. Obviously you can't figure out how to corral the idiots and corruption at DOT, either.

Anonymous said...

Yee Haw! I knew the state ended at Hickory. Go west and you get nothing but high taxes and a loud sucking sound from Raleigh. How about looking into the state of Franklin again like they did in the 1700's. I'm tired of seeing all the states revenue ending up down east!

Anonymous said...

So President Obama cuts taxes, we see a little extra money in our checks to start pumping into the economy...and what does that lousy excuse for a governor "Bev" do???? She decides she'll just take our money our president gave us and use it the way SHE sees fit. I really don't like this woman.

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