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State announces new Interstate for Triad, soon after announcing Raleigh to Norfolk (i-87) and Garner to Morehead City (I-42). Still no Charlotte to Wilmington. Absurd.

 

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article200236949.html

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6 hours ago, CarolinaDaydreamin said:

State announces new Interstate for Triad, soon after announcing Raleigh to Norfolk (i-87) and Garner to Morehead City (I-42). Still no Charlotte to Wilmington. Absurd.

 

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article200236949.html

Agreed, but the interstate referenced in the article (i-285) has been on the books for a long time and was built decades ago, they only had to upgrade a small section in Lexington to interstate standards in order to have the whole section designated an Interstate so it's not like the state is throwing a lot of money at this that would otherwise be used for an interstate elsewhere in the state. 

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Somebody needs to come up with a designation other than "Interstate" for a road that won't get within 30 miles of a neighboring state. "Freeway" seems to have gone out of usage, but if there aren't any tolls, it's near-perfectly descriptive.

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The N.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday two highway projects intended to ease traffic and make traveling through Richmond County safer.

One project will convert U.S. 74 from Hamlet to Laurinburg — now a four-lane highway — into an interstate highway with ramps, loops and bridges, said NCDOT spokesman Andrew Barksdale, The project is intended to begin in 2028.

“For this section, it will be $136 million,” Barksdale said. “It will be a lot safer and a lot quicker” getting onto the highway from new ramps and bridges, he said, rather than side roads where people tend to stop rather than merge.

The project also will benefit Richmond County, he said, because drivers will be able to get to beaches quicker, and goods will travel to Wilmington ports faster.

https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/82618/dot-will-extend-interstate-east-of-hamlet

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NCDOT adds “Constructing part of the U.S. 74 Wadesboro Bypass in Anson County”  to its new draft plan:

 

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2019/2019-01-10-draft-stip.aspx

The Rockingham bypass project that was slated to begin in 2026 will be accelerated to begin as early as this fall as part of the Department of Transportation’s 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) to be announced Thursday.

The bypass project is the same that created the infamous curve on U.S. 220 South where at least two tractor trailers have gone over the guardrail and many other vehicles have wrecked since its opening last summer. Under the new STIP, the rest of the project will go out to bid this fall and begin construction at the end of this year or early next year, six years earlier than it it was previously scheduled to begin. 

 

https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/news/84661/bypass-project-around-rockingham-accelerated-from-2026-to-2020

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