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Tata: NC DOT backs deleting 3 toll-road mandates, including Skyway

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Pat McCrory's administration supports a bill to eliminate a mandate on North Carolina transportation officials to build toll-road projects in Gaston County, the northern Outer Banks and near Wilmington.

State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata told top legislative leaders his agency backs a House bill altered by the Senate.

The legislation initially directed engineers to review an unlikely alternate route for part of Raleigh's Outer Beltline. The Senate added provisions deleting the Garden Parkway, Mid-Currituck Bridge and Cape Fear Skyway from state law requiring their construction.

The bill has sat in the House for two weeks awaiting action.

Tata said in a letter last week the department believes all projects should compete for funding through the state's data-driven prioritization process.

McCrory would be asked to sign any bill into law.

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Imperial Republic

How about a Ferry Boat ride across the river into the city of Wilmington?

Sort of like the one that goes to the Imperial Republic of Bald Head Island.

10-15 cars at a time. Makes sense?

There goes a....

ribbon-cutting ceremony Saffo and his ilk won't attend...not to mention the bucks he and his group would get from selling property they own where this boondoggle of a bridge was going to be built.

Tool Road

We at last have some one that will think about the money that all these things cost before spending it like the other party.We need some one in Washington D C that can do the same, instead of keep spending and putting us deep in debt.Thanks Gov. McCrory

"Skyward Bridge"

...because that's what it's known as now!

Well, that explains why

Well, that explains why Rabon jumpped onboard. Licking the Govs boots for political gain I'm sure. We've needed another bridge across the river 20 years ago but looks like we can forget about it now. All the $$$ allocated for it's construction will surely end up in Raleigh or Charlotte now.

Well, what will ...

Hizzhonor do now? His retirement fund is going bye bye.