Gov. Roy Cooper has submitted several “shovel ready” infrastructure projects to be considered by the federal government, including the widening of I-26. Improvements to major interstate arteries and urban loops and the completion of a Triangle-area light rail project are also on the list of projects. President Donald Trump has pledged to generate $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.
One of the proposed projects would widen 22.2 miles of I-26 in Buncombe and Henderson counties. Another involves replacing the Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge which runs over I-26.
Cooper’s administration provided the list of projects at the request of the National Governors Association.
“Moving ahead with shovel ready projects like these will create good paying jobs and provide a shot in the arm to our state’s economy,” Cooper said in a news release. “Improving highways and mass transit will make North Carolina an even better place to live and do business.”