Economic Summit In The East Focuses On Transportation

Leaders from across the state met in Eastern Carolina Friday to discuss the future of transportation and infrastructure in our area.

Governor Bev Perdue and Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti were among several officials who spoke at the meeting in Greenville. They discussed the importance of keeping transportation up to par because that ultimately helps the economy.

Potential tolls on I-95 also came up. The governor said, "The discussion over what we are going to do with I-95 is a really great example of having to be willing as a people, to stand up and look at all the viable options."

The governor also said, "There's going to be billions on dollars invested in ENC over the next 8 years, the fact that there is a relentless effort to make sure that 64, 70, and 17 are developed enough to be interstate standards."

At the meeting there was no clear cut discussion on how any transportation projects discussed would be funded.

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  • by biker on Mar 17, 2012 at 09:15 AM
    I sure hope that they follow through on their commitment to make every road complete with more sidewalks and bike lanes. We need safer roads so everyone can use them.
  • by Soon to be unemployed highway worker on Mar 17, 2012 at 05:14 AM
    Haven't we all learned that talk is much cheaper than actually putting us to work? Their promises seldom come true and getting worse all the time.
  • by Frosty Location: East of I95 on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
    In the Hunt administration they learned a major problem was the number of stop lights from Raleigh to Morehead City. Very little has been done to make it better and more have been added. Goldsboro is a major problem. They are working on it... For how many years??
  • by Alpha Location: Lenoir on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:25 PM
    I wish that the Government would remember the promises made to the landowners and citizens of Lenoir County when the GTP proposal was enacted......that they would build the infrastructure so the industries would be recruited. As of today the railroads haven't been run. The promised 4 lane northern loop around Kinston to support logistics has not been built. The natural gas lines were finished 20 years after the proposal ( Thank you Sanderson). Lets support jobs for year round ENC progress.....not a bypass of 70 that will take away jobs year round.
  • by KJ Location: Down East on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:10 PM
    We need transportation and we need transportation for the wheelchair bound....get on the stick from CI to Richlands... we need to travel...

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