North Carolina General Assembly gave final approval this week to
a bill that would allow the state to borrow $700 million in bond
money for highway improvements. It now heads to the governor.
HB48, backed by Gov. Mike Easley and the state Transportation Department,
the state would spend $630 million over two years to resurface roads,
add turn lanes on two-lane highways, replace bridges and widen paved
shoulders, the Wilmington Star-News reported. Pubic transit
systems would get $70 million.
approved borrowing the money in 1996 to speed up construction of
urban loops or widen two-lane highways, but the bonds were never