WASHINGTON (WAVY) – Congressman G.K. Butterfield (NC-01) has introduced a bill designed to designate two highways a ‘future interstate’ from Raleigh to Hampton Roads.
The ROAD Act, H.R. 4829, is also sponsored by Rep. Walter Jones (NC-03), Rep. David Price (NC-04), Rep. Howard Coble (NC-06), Mike McIntyre (NC-07), Mark Meadows (NC-11) and Renee Ellmers (NC-02).
The bill “guarantees that the corridor connection Raleigh and Norfolk is built to interstate standards, travels through eastern North Carolina, and that U.S. Highways 17 and 64 are prioritized when allocating funding for federal highways – saving taxpayers money by improving on existing infrastructure,” Butterfield’s office said.
“The ROAD Act will help connect eastern North Carolina to our state’s capitol and to one of the country’s premier ports in Hampton Roads,” Butterfield said. “Our vision to advance transportation in the region will reduce traffic congestion, improve access, and pave the way for job creation and further economic development in North Carolina and Virginia.”
“I’d like to thank Congressman Butterfield for introducing the ROAD Act today, which is vitally important to economic development in the corridor between Raleigh and Norfolk, Virginia,” Gov. Pat McCrory added. “Not only is this designation part of our future vision for transportation in our State, it is also key to attracting companies to North Carolina and expanding those that are already here. I, along with DOT Secretary Tony Tata and a bipartisan group of U.S. House Members, stand ready to help get this legislation passed and to the president’s desk for signature.”
The bill could be considered later in the month and is part of the annual Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill.