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Tata endorses Senate push to deauthorize three turnpike projects

Transportation Secretary Tony Tata has endorsed a Senate proposal that probably would kill three turnpike projects in Currituck, New Hanover and Gaston counties.

If the measure becomes law, the state Department of Transportation will find itself authorized to continue work on only two toll roads: the 19.7-mile Monroe Connector / Bypass east of Charlotte, and the Triangle Expressway Southeast Extension, which would extend the 540 Outer Loop across southern Wake County from Holly Springs to I-40 near Garner.

State House leaders have not decided whether to go along with the Senate idea. The Senate added the provision three weeks ago, when it approved a House bill that began with a more limited scope. ... [MORE]

Boseman seeks $49M/yr gap payments to cover Cape Fear Skyway toll bridge project

These transportation bills have been filed this week in the General Assembly:

- SB 1207 (Boseman) GAP FUNDING FOR CAPE FEAR SKYWAY BRIDGE (Contrary to the $40 million sought in her similar SB 1129, it appears intended to reserve $49 million a year in funding to close gap between costs and toll revenues for a $1 billion Wilmington turnpike project. An apparent typo makes the dollar intent unclear. By comparison: The $1 billion Triangle Expressway has gap funding of $24M/yr.)

- SB 1214 (Jenkins) HIGHWAY PATROL MOTOR CARRIER FINES AND FEES

- HB 1800 (Crawford) AMEND POWERS OF DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (defining DOT’s authority to enter into debt agreements)

- HB 1873 (Moore) ADOPTION OF STATE ROADS FOR MAINTENANCE (Changing from 1975 to 1985 a date that affected requirements for private subdivision roads converted state-maintained roads)

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