No Plan Exists for U.S. 1 Corridor
In the Q&A you published of my interview with your editors regarding the U.S. 1 corridor (Sept. 23), I said, “If the locals are saying, ‘This is not only not a priority. It’s not even on a list of things we want,’ then it’s not going to happen.”
How could I be more clear than that? If that’s “evasive bureaucratic gobbledygook,” as you termed it in your Sept. 26 editorial, let me explain again:
NCDOT will not impose a highway project on a local community that the community does not want. We look to the community to tell us its long-range transportation needs, priorities and solutions in the form of a Comprehensive Transportation Plan, as we do with every county. If the Moore County plan does not include a U.S. 1 corridor bypass, it will not be built.
As transportation secretary, I cannot kill a project on my own authority; that would subvert the fair and open process of deciding projects based on data-based assessment and on local input.
NCDOT has no plan for a U.S. 1 corridor bypass. As I said in our interview (but you chose to leave out of the published Q&A), how can I kill a plan when it does not exist?
N.C. Secretary of Transportation
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