- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says he believes an interstate highway from Raleigh to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia is an important part of his 25-year transportation plan.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported (https://bit.ly/1DEgWgy) that McCrory and state Transportation Secretary Tony Tata spoke Friday in Elizabeth City to about 30 local and state officials.

McCrory says the highway would follow the current route of U.S. 17 from the Virginia line and connect to U.S. 64 in Williamston on its way to Raleigh.

DOT officials say the project isn’t funded and is years from being completed.

Bills have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that would designate U.S. 17 and U.S. 64 as a “future interstate” connecting Raleigh and Norfolk, Virginia. McCrory’s transportation plan is tied to those bills.

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