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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Three contentious turnpike projects are no longer included in Gov. Pat McCrory’s transportation overhaul.

The House Appropriations Committee adopted a new version of the bill Tuesday that removed the Cape Fear Skyway, the Garden Parkway and the Mid-Currituck Bridge from the plan. The projects had been added by a previous committee over the objections of lawmakers who said their inclusion would doom the bill in the Senate and defeat the purpose of taking politics out of transportation decisions.

Bill sponsor Bill Brawley of Matthews said members later opposed the addition after finding the language gave preferential treatment to the Mid-Currituck Bridge.

An amendment passed Tuesday shifts about $1.5 billion in additional funding over 10 years to individual transportation divisions from regional projects to help get the support of rural lawmakers.

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  • justin

    A three hour delay this morning commuting between Brunswick and New Hanover Counties because of a simple rear-end collision on the Cape Fear causeway. Beginning next week, 17/74/76 will be at a stand still, each and every Saturday between 9-11am, as traffic rushing between Myrtle Beach and I-40 hits the wall. Bridge? We don’t need no stinkin’ bridge!

  • Vog46

    We need a tunnel
    Or, in this case since it goes to Brunswick County we need a
    BRUNNEL (hey if the Brits can have The Chunnel we can have a Brunnel)

    Keep those nefarious commuters under water


  • beth

    They were going to build around my neighborhood and I would have had a huge on ramp and toll booth sitting in my backyard.

  • taxpayer

    Saffo & Company’s ribbon cutting.

  • Vog46

    but they removed the projects from the bill because?
    ” Bill Brawley of Matthews said members later opposed the addition after finding the language gave preferential treatment to the Mid-Currituck Bridge.”

    And the purpose of the bill?

    “and defeat the purpose of taking politics out of transportation decisions.”

    I suppose I should be happy this language was caught but quite frankly? The fact that it was written by a politician WITH the language in the first p;lace shows that politics in legislation still reins supreme.
    Especially when it pertains to DOT projects


  • SurfCityTom

    what we need is a tall oak tree and some strong rope. Clear need for the Texas Rangers to clean up the politicians.

  • Guesty Guestington

    Then let’s see if something else is needed. A push should be made to finish I140 ASAP. It’s the closest thing on the horizon, and I believe it’ll make a huge difference. If we all live to see it…

  • Vog46

    I would go one further and include them in the aggregate mix for the asphalt on the I-140 project.

    Now as for Guesty Guestington’s comment:

    “A push should be made to finish I140 ASAP. It’s the closest thing on the horizon, and I believe it’ll make a huge difference.”

    I wonder if, in fact, this is wrong.
    Currently you can take I-140 from 421. Coming the other way you can jump on I-140 from I-40. From J’ville you can get on I-140 near Porters Neck.
    To me this SHOULD have alleviated MOST of the traffic already – but it hasn’t.
    Traffic over CF and IH bridges is still too heavy telling me at least that commuters are the main issue here – not people trying to bypass Wilmington.
    Sure getting 140 completed may take some people off the bridges coming from the west but I doubt this will affect bridge traffic all that much.
    Just think about where the IH and CF bridges dump people off at in town – right smack in the middle of it.
    This is why I am suspect of the Skyway project. It puts people in the southern part of ILM. If they are looking to get to I-40 they go straight up Independence to Shipyard to College.
    But of course the design and location of the proposed Skyway tell me this is not a by pass bridge but a commuter bridge……
    I have my doubts about both projects, which is why I suggest plain simple designs rather than sweeping grand suspension bridge work.


  • Guestwho

    Well maybe if we had been wise enough to elect Ricky Meeks we would have one by now :)

  • Vog46

    4 river crossings – all tunnels.
    No waiting for draw bridges to open
    Picture a boat the size of the Costa Concordia routinely coming up the mighty Cape Fear unencumbered by overhead bridges.
    Dropping it’s 3700 passengers directly into down town at the Convention Center turned boat terminal.
    Big screen TVs playing the Bringit Down Town video on a continuous loop as passengers disembark.
    Why we could have cruises directly related to the Braves home ballpark games. Arrival just in time to see the game! 3700 possible attendees. No traffic problems – leave the ship grab a beer and a seat. Then go to dinner after the game…

    Ah to dream………..


  • Guest857

    I pulled out my guitar, played and wailed the last verse of Neil Young’s “Pocahontas” over and over:

    And maybe Marlon Brando
    Will be there by the fire
    We’ll sit and talk of Hollywood
    And the good things there for hire
    And the Astrodome
    and the first tepee
    Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me
    Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me

    Wow! I’m star struck! Convention center, stadium, Wilmywood! I’m, I’m, I’m…oh, oh, ahhhhhhh.

  • Guest Reply

    No….they would have had a back yard sitting by their Toll Booth, so they would have paid you off at fair market value = (i.e.) 30% less value for your land than say…5 years ago maybe?

  • beth

    I went to the meetings, they were only going to buy houses that the bridge went through or over. I guess I should have clarified, it would have been running alongside of my neighborhood. Fair market value? If it is based on today prices it wouldn’t even pay off my mtg.

  • Vog46

    Rick Scott and the GOP legislature have done PO’d the NASCAR Crowd. They failed to pass a tax break to help fund Daytona’s rebuilding effort.


    Here’s ILM’s chance.
    Instead of a ball park – how about a NASCAR super speedway?
    Yeah buddy……..
    Heck we could bank it up against the Convention Center.
    2 races per year – lots of car and tire testing in between.
    And Hendrick already has a presence here with Hendrick Toyota.

    Forget the Braves………
    E – A – R – N – H – A – R – D – T
    Memorial race track.
    In beautiful down town Wilmington…..
    Think of all the “Other uses” they could have at the track….
    Think of the multiplier affect it would have on our local economy….
    Think of the jobs it would create…….
    It’s Americana – it’s who we are………
    I think I’ll start a public/private partnership…because that’s how it’s done…….

    Shoninger has another land option should the hotel fail to get built !!!!!!

    Your welcome………..



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