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architect77:
So, is this to indicate that I-77 widening has some funding and will commence in 2029?

I would have estimated the cost to be double of what they are estimating because of the land acquisition and staging on an active highway. it's a good thing to come in around $ billion I think.

I would like one new general purpose lane though, and not go to all that effort just for 2 HOT lanes in each direction.

cowboy_wilhelm:

--- Quote from: architect77 on May 30, 2021, 04:03:40 PM ---So, is this to indicate that I-77 widening has some funding and will commence in 2029?


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Not really. Right-of-way acquisition is tentatively scheduled to begin in FY 2029. Construction is currently unfunded. It was likely scheduled that way just to keep the project in the STIP. Any portion can be accelerated or delayed, depending on funding. I believe projects that far out are subject to reprioritization during the biennial STIP development as well, so it could move either direction. Projects get shuffled around monthly and the STIP isn't etched in stone.

There is a lot of planning, design and preliminary engineering (which also has to be funded) and the final environmental document approved before any of that can happen. Big projects like this one can cost several million dollars before a shovel is even moved.

LM117:
NCDOT awarded a contract to improve I-85 between exits 36 and 42. Work can start by late July and will wrap up by May 2023.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2021/2021-06-29-I-85-improvement-mecklenburg-county.aspx

LM117:

--- Quote from: LM117 on June 29, 2021, 04:04:21 PM ---NCDOT awarded a contract to improve I-85 between exits 36 and 42. Work can start by late July and will wrap up by May 2023.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2021/2021-06-29-I-85-improvement-mecklenburg-county.aspx

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In addition to this, another contract was awarded to improve several other roads in Mecklenburg County. Work can begin on July 26 and is expected to be complete by August 1, 2022.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2021/2021-06-29-improvements-mecklenburg-county.aspx

LM117:
The new Elm Lane bridge over I-485 opened this morning.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2021/2021-08-31-elm-lane-bridge-opens.aspx

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