The future of North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure is at a crossroads. In the coming decade, meteoric growth will make North Carolina one of the most populous states in the nation, sharply increasing the demands on our roads, rail, air, water and ports. Meanwhile, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will only have funds available for 17 percent of the state’s needed transportation projects.
That is simply not enough.
North Carolina’s leaders have taken steps to solve this challenge by passing long-term transportation funding reform measures and establishing financing programs like Build NC. However, there is still much more work to be done for North Carolina to move people and goods safely and efficiently throughout our state.
As our connection to the global economy, it is imperative that North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure networks have the resources needed to make critical investments. Without significant and strategic infrastructure investment, our state’s competitive future will be in dire straits.