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Gov. Bev Perdue says $466 million in federal spending for road and bridge projects will create about 14,000 jobs in North Carolina.

She released the first list of projects today ("N.C. lines up stimulus projects"), for contracts NCDOT will put out for bid in the next four months. (You can find the list in a PDF with an NCDOT press release and on NCDOT's stimulus updates page.)

The second wave of road-bridge work, to be funded with the remaining $270 million in stimulus money, will be announced in 45 days. Local leaders across the state are supposed to get a bigger say in shaping this second list. We'll see.

As reported here yesterday, the Triangle's Division 5 is spending most of its $36.9 million share to resurface some worn-out roads and freeways, including the oldest stretch of I-540. Division 5 will have an additional $41.6 million to spend later.

The Road Worrier reported today that $2 million in Division 5 loot would pay for better signs around Raleigh's Beltline, including a plan to get rid of the confusing Inner Beltline / Outer Beltline designation.

That's not on the official stimu-list released today. It appears that the Beltline sign project will move ahead anyway, but with a different source of federal moolah called GARVEE bonds.

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DOT stimu-list

They already soaked all the residents of eastern NC for $5 per car per year for 5 years (talk about your unfair tax, how does the benefit to the citizen depend on the number of cars he/she ownsrimless eyeglasses
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Perdue releases DOT stimu-list

Perdue releases DOT stimu-listThat's not on the official stimu-list released today. It appears that the Beltline sign project will move ahead anyway, but with a different source of federal moolah called GARVEE bonds.

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Repairing roads and bridges

Repairing roads and bridges will also benefit those car owners. Speaking of car owners, maybe some of you experience dealing with car damage due to raccoons. Right? Raccoons are not covered in the owner's manual. If one of the little buggers gets into the wires, there will be damage, and that isn't a cheap auto repair.
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That's a lot of road building

There are many roads that need rebuilding or extending particularly to and from Charlotte. I hope that the money will; be put to good use and not spent on a "road to nowhere." Six Sigma Training

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I'm afraid that my car won't fit the road, lol

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It is very great news that

It is very great news that they have taken such a good project where many people would get their job in this bad economic condition---------------------------------------------------------credit unions

That will be a huge amount

That will be a huge amount of money but if it will create 14, 000 jobs and help our economy back on track then we should support that project. Repairing roads and bridges will also benefit those car owners. Speaking of car owners, maybe some of you experience dealing with car damage due to raccoons. Right? Raccoons are not covered in the owner's manual. If one of the little buggers gets into the wires, there will be damage, and that isn't a cheap auto repair. Installment loans also will be needed if one of the creatures manages to bite you or your loved ones. The doctor's bill won't be pleasant, and rabies is a painful treatment, consisting of some decidedly unpleasant shots over the course of a month or two. Short term loans to help keep the wayward raccoon population out of your yard are worth it.

$26,000,000 for bicycle and

$26,000,000 for bicycle and walking trails. You've got to be kidding
me! How much of a long term impact is that going to provide?

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How many and which local projects would be eligible to receive money won’t be known until Congress determines the rules of the road for stimulus spending.
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14,000 new jobs

The governor's figures are simply nonsense. If these projects are anything like previous projects in the state the same ring will be getting the work and the lawyers and legislators will be getting their slice of the action...the projects will be sitting there for years while the contractors dawdle along.

Its funny, the very swine who landed us in this predicament are the highly paid bank and corporate executives with their MBAs, bonuses and perks--how many of them presented a business plan for the last financial year that gave something more than the usual rosy ca-ca that one can read in an annual report.

Its time for some changes in this country--and the first thing people can do is stop voting into office the Democratic and Republican rodentia whose only philosophy is to tax you and spend your money for their political backers.

Fourteen thousand jobs? In a pig's eye!

I would like to see money

I would like to see money for buying land to preserve greenspace. The
State should use to to 'buy' Dix and then give it to the city/county to
manage. There are some other large tracks of land that should be
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with their MBAs, bonuses and perks--how many of them presented a
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540 next leg

I see that 485 in Charlotte is going to be completed with stimulus money. Wonder what is going to happen to the next leg of 540? Seems like the state is hell bent on making that a toll road.

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Two thoughts- 1) sure wish I owned a paving company because they are going to get rich. 2) Why are we already resurfacing the oldest stretch of I540 when we have some badly needed stretches in SW Wake not even built yet?

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FDR’s Treasury secretary and close friend, Henry Morganthau, said to Congressional Democrats in May 1939: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work."

So it' fun to watch history repeat itself. All we are doing is maxing out the US Credit card and spending our children's and grandchildren's tax money. Most of this money will be wasted.

More Trillions to be wasted in the years to come.

Uh, the WPA projects put

Uh, the WPA projects put people to work, it didn't do much to end the depression. WWII on the other hand, that helped.

New roads and new buildings

New roads and new buildings helped us get out of the Great Depression. This is the new New Deal.

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I would like to see money for buying land to preserve greenspace. The State should use to to 'buy' Dix and then give it to the city/county to manage. There are some other large tracks of land that should be preserved, as well, around the state.

Hope. Change. Bicycle Trails.

http://www.ncdot.gov/download/about/finance/fedstimulus/BICYCLE_EconomicStimulus.pdf

$26,000,000 for bicycle and walking trails. You've got to be kidding me! How much of a long term impact is that going to provide?

I can't wait for Obama to call out Bev on this wasteful spending.

That ain't nothing

How about 64 million to link US 70 to the Global Transpork when they already have US 258, a 4 lane road, to Harvey Parkway, another 4 lane road. 

Really, how much more money

Really, how much more money are they going to throw down the drain on the Global Transpark.  They already soaked all the residents of eastern NC for $5 per car per year for 5 years (talk about your unfair tax, how does the benefit to the citizen depend on the number of cars he/she owns.)

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Bruce Siceloff reports on traffic and transportation. A News & Observer reporter, editor and blogger since 1976, he took over the Road Worrier column in 2003. Lately he drives I-40 with the cruise control set at 68 mph. You can e-mail Bruce, call him at 919-829-4527, check out his Crosstown Traffic blog or follow him (@Road_Worrier) on Twitter.
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