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