Prioritizing Construction Projects
Traffic is a way of life in Charlotte and so is road construction. Many are wondering why certain roads get upgrades and others remain on the waiting list.
All three of our current interstate projects are expected to finish by 2015. Jenn Thompson, Communications Officer for NCDOT says, "Some of it is overdue and part of the reason for those delays is funding."
North Carolina has the second largest state-maintained road system in the nation. 41% of our state road's are rated as "fair" or "poor". Thompson says, "This is probably the most construction we've done in quite a while and there are more construction projects going on in Charlotte then there is across the state."
Thompson states secondary roads like Rea Rd. receive upgrades based on need, " We would love to get to every road and we will, but we have to prioritize by what's needed. There may be areas of the road that may not be safe."
One busy road that needs all the help it can get is East Independence Blvd.
Tramaine Shade moved to a different part of town to get away from East Independence Blvd traffic,"Independence needs construction immediately." She says, "This simply gets crazy. Especially in the morning time when people are trying to get to work and school. It's constantly congested."
Thompson says the East Independence project is still delayed until next year due to design changes.
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