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NCDOT gets approval to toll Interstate 95

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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -— North Carolina has secured the third and final slot in a pilot program allowing states to pursue tolling on existing interstates. The N.C. Department of Transportation applied for the Federal Highway Administration Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program as a way to fund necessary improvements to Interstate 95 throughout North Carolina.

“NCDOT has taken a data-driven and conscientious approach to the repair, enhancement and expansion of I-95,” said Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. “We are pleased to be moving forward in securing new funding to help us make I-95 a 21st century interstate.”

North Carolina took a unique approach to determining what improvements would be necessary for I-95 by initiating the I-95 Corridor Planning and Finance Study in 2009. The study was a comprehensive evaluation of the interstate determining how to improve the safety, connectivity and efficiency of all 182 miles of I-95 in North Carolina. FHWA approved the study’s Environmental Assessment (EA) in January and the department has begun a second round of public hearings to let citizens along the corridor know what the results of the study are and enable them to provide input.

The EA recommends widening the interstate to six and eight lanes, repairing pavement, raising and rebuilding bridges, improving interchanges and bringing I-95 up to current safety standards for interstates. The total cost for making these improvements to I-95 is $4.4 billion. Current funding only covers about 10 percent of the costs of these improvements.

The next steps include completing the standard environmental and permitting process. NCDOT will then submit a tolling plan for I-95 that includes pricing, project identification and scheduling, and a detailed description of how toll revenues would be applied to projects along the corridor.

Upon receipt of all required materials, plans and public comments, FHWA will then review these items and determine if NCDOT meets all federal guidelines. If approved, FHWA and NCDOT will then enter into a toll agreement.

For more information on plans to improve I-95 and public meeting locations, as well as to submit comments, visit www.driving95.com.

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Where's your gas tax going?

Look at all the 4-lane you have there... 74 from Charlotte to Wilmington... 64 from Raleigh to Manteo... and some of the back roads too. Then come drive the back roads in another state, like Kentucky for example, and you'll see that you get what you pay for in NC! You don't appreciate what you have until you see what others don't.

YAY

US!!! One of the HIGHEST gas taxes in the COUNTRY...now we get to pay to drive on the roads!!! Our elected leadership sure is on top of things!

This Is A No Brainer

Make most roads toll roads all around the great State of North Carolina, just for those vehicles with tags that were procured North of the Mason-Dixon line. Heck, they charge us, why not charge them? Too bad we couldn't easily do it by tolling those who were born in Northern territories.

Great, another reason for industry to pass on NC

Let's just keep making it more expensive to do business in NC, shall we?

NC Tolling of Interstate Hiighways

Guess our gasoline tax, which is the highest in the Southeast, is not enough. Apparently it is being wasted, just like the Education Lottery money is on education.

Do the tolls come down

So do the tolls come down when the repairs are paid for? I probably will not live long enough to find out.

this is just stupid. the

this is just stupid. the lawmakers have maded this state so poor and now want to charge us to drve up and down 95. here is another idea for ll tha money, how about a raise for state employees who actually work and drive 95 to get to work.

YAY

More taxes for NC residents. One of the highest gas taxes in the US and now we have to pay to.drive on out roads...is ANYONE awake out there

Why does NC copy all the

Why does NC copy all the northern states way to high taxs.and now toll roads had to be northerns behind this. P.S. I don't care how you did it up north

Doesn't matter

Doesn't matter that you don't care how we "do it up north..." because its already done. It makes sense and regardless of your opinion the high gasoline tax, it doesn't pay for the amount of roadway growth we need to grow as a state.

Ridiculous

Where did all the road improvement funds go in this State?

And the genius planners who propose widening I-95 to eight lanes?
What about the rough four lanes max in South Carolina?