North Carolina Gov. Mike
Easley’s plan to spend $700 million in bond money on highway improvements
might have to clear a roadblock, according to local media.
proposal was taken up recently by the House Transportation Committee. Several
members discussed changes that would shift as much as $100 million toward
paving rural dirt roads, Raleigh’s WRAL television reported.
The state has paved about
10,000 miles of dirt roads in the past 13 years, but 6,000 miles of roads
Easley wants to borrow
money to repair or improve existing roads. Voters approved borrowing the
money in 1996 to speed up construction of urban loops or widen two-lane
The committee adjourned
without voting on any of the proposed changes, The News & Observer reported.
Lawmakers are scheduled to continue their debate this week.