NC Budget May Keep 2 Toll Roads And 2 Free Ferries

The Senate's updated budget would keep a pair of North Carolina toll road projects in place while exempting two ferry routes from new tolls.

The bill rolled out Tuesday as a potential budget deal would allow the North Carolina Turnpike Authority to keep building the proposed Garden Parkway from Gaston County to the Charlotte airport and the Mid-Currituck Bridge connecting the Outer Banks to mainland Currituck County. Last week's Senate budget would have eliminated those projects.

This week's proposal still would take away $82 million for the two road projects and use it for other purposes.

The final measure would require tolls on all state-operated ferries except for two routes -- between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands and between Knotts Island and mainland Currituck County.

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