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Did Charlotte get gypped in NCDOT stimulus money?

Posted on 21 Feb 2009 by Justin Ruckman

As per usual. Of the $735m the state received for highways and bridges as part of Our Lady Stimulus Package, and the $468m the state is issuing out right now:

  • Charlotte gets $38.6m for sundry widening and repaving projects, plus a bridge replacement
  • Greenville-New Bern get $64m for a single project I can’t find any info about
  • Fayetteville gets $63.4m for, you guessed it, their outer belt

Somebody set me straight because this seems ridiculous. Read more at the Observer, including how Obama warns mayors to spend honestly.


  1. Charlie Malouf 21 Feb 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Appears that way on the surface, but I think it may be too early to tell and more info is needed. Such as, how much money did Greenville-New Bern contribute for their project? And, what will be the total amount that will be allocated to Charlotte before it’s all said & done? But, we definitely need to keep a close eye on this to make sure our interests are protected here in the Queen City.

  2. JamesWillamor 21 Feb 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Great episode of NOW on PBS that discusses transit in Charlotte, the stimulus package, why states are rewarded for road construction rather than more environmentally friendly transit construction, and the bickering and politicking that is the NCDOT. http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/507/index.html

  3. tPet 21 Feb 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Sounds like old-school politics to me. The Greenville and Fayetteville majors are both Democrats, whereas the Charlotte mayor is Republican and was a highly vocal supporter for John McCain. Charlotte may simply be the victim of political payback. I’m a life-long Democrat, so nobody can claim “sour grapes” .. just dems da berries sometimes. Sad these games are still being played though.

  4. Erik Button 22 Feb 2009 at 3:24 AM

    BUT WHERE R DA CHANGE?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!!?!?!!?!?!

  5. Charles Ray 25 Feb 2009 at 2:48 AM

    For the residents of Charlotte and Raleigh seemingly ignorant of all things DOT, do your research before pointing the finger at former secretary Tippet and screaming favoritisim towards Fayetteville, that is simply not ture. Charlotte and Raleigh both have received over one billion dollars towards their loops since the 1970’s Fayetteville, which will most likely be the 3rd largest metro in NC surpassing Greensboro after the 2010 census has received less than ten percent of that amount in total. Granted growth patterns in those areas warranted those funds. In turn, now Fayetteville and the Cape Fear region is poised for explosive economic and populace growth, soon Fayetteville will be second only to Washingtion D.C. in Federal/DOD influence do to BRAC realignment. The Raleigh N & O published a story about Fayetteville potentially becoming the next “Triangle” only in defense related industries. This growth is imminent and unprecedented. It is time for Fayetteville to have its next section of I-295 to be built. Raleigh, Charlotte get over it and wait your turn.