McCrory announces $147M in transportation, infrastructure projects

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015 file photo, Gov. Pat McCrory delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in Raleigh, N.C. McCrory sustained minor injuries on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, after the vehicle he was riding in was rear-ended shortly after the Carolina Panthers' Super Bowl loss. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday that $147 million is being distributed to 508 towns and cities for transportation and infrastructure projects.

The funding, which is through the Powell Bill fund, is being awarded for projects to maintain, repair, construct or widen roads.

Officials say the money will also be put toward planning, construction and maintenance of bikeways, greenways and sidewalks.

McCrory said in a news release issued Thursday, “These improvements will benefit residents and visitors through safety upgrades, increased connectivity and new economic opportunities.”

The 2015 North Carolina budget increased funding in the Powell Bill to $147 million — as opposed to being determined by gas tax revenue. State officials says 22 cities will get at least $1 million of this funding.