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NCDOT looking to fund state's roadway projects

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NCDOT said there are 1,800 are highway projects across the state that would cost more than $66 billion combined. NCDOT said there are 1,800 are highway projects across the state that would cost more than $66 billion combined.
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Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation are faced with the task of figuring out of much road work needs to be done in the state and how to pay for it.

“It's no secret roads deteriorate over time and the more cars there are, likely the less time there will be,” said NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson. “North Carolina has strategically been looking at which road projects need to get done.”

NCDOT said there are 1,800 are highway projects across the state that would cost more than $66 billion combined.

“If we use the current funding mechanisms that we have, it would take about 40 years to do all those projects,” Tennyson said.

Some options for extra revenue include adding tolls to roads like Interstate 95. This idea has been met with some resistance.

Driver Carol Chisenhall said she would not want to pay a toll on I-95 but it may be necessary.

“We're going to need more because the population is still growing,” Chisenhall said.

Officials have even discussed a tax on miles traveled but they said that is less likely than tolls.

NCDOT leaders are hoping to have a better idea which funding direction the state will go after the Legislature meets next year.

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