WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Pat McCrory made a stop in the Port City today to announce a 25-year vision for the state’s transportation.
McCrory says it is not about where the most politicians live. He says it’s about getting the people where they need to go and to bring more jobs to the state. McCrory says a lot of it has to do with highway connectivity, but it’s not just about roadways. He says it also has to do with infrastructure.
Wilmington is one of many congested cities in our state.
“It always irritated me that I’d go down roads where one minute it would be two lanes and the next minute it’d be eight lanes and then it’d go to two lanes and then to four,” McCrory said. “Do you know what I’m talking about?”
He says the plan is not just about roadways. It also includes waterways, extending a runway at the ILM airport and creating jobs.
“We also want to grow jobs through this vision and grow existing companies and recruit new companies,” McCrory said. “One thing I’ve learned as governor, and I knew it as mayor, when you’re recruiting new businesses to any area of the state they want to see what your transportation plan is for the future, not for today.”
The Secretary for the DOT Tony Tata says there are 21 to 22 projects in the plan. He says that will bring at least 40 to 50 thousand jobs across the state in the next 25 years.
Then Mccrory was asked about a different topic. He was asked why he decided not to call back lawmakers to Raleigh to discuss film incentives.
“Exactly what I said before,” McCrory said. “There is no reason to bring people back when you don’t have the votes.”
He says this new transportation plan could help that industry.
“This transportation plan we think will help that industry,” McCrory said. “It’ll get people to and from our beaches and to and from our studios and to and from our manufacturing that we’re beginning to grow and expand here.”
For funding, Mccrory says some of it is already done. For the rest of it, he suggests more than a one billion dollar bond for the legislature in January.
Tata says the project on US-17-74-76 is one project that did not make the cut for the priority funding. He says it’s a project that may need a public private partnership.
McCrory also touted his plan during stops at airports in Greenville, Winston-Salem and Asheville today.
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