A North Carolina House
panel unanimously approved a bill April 23 that would allow the state to
borrow $700 million in bond money on highway improvements, according to
Under the proposal, backed
by Gov. Mike Easley and the state Transportation Department, the state
would use $630 million to repair or improve existing roads, The News & Observer reported.
Pubic transit systems would get $70 million.
Voters approved borrowing
the money in 1996 to speed up construction of urban loops or widen two-lane
highways, but the bonds were never sold.
HB48 moved easily through
the House Transportation Committee after several lawmakers who had pushed
for more money to pave dirt roads dropped their request.
The bill now goes before
the House Appropriations Committee.