- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s transportation governing board has officially approved funding for scores of additional road, bridge and maintenance projects over the next 10 years and speeding up others already on the construction blueprint the board approved last year.

The Board of Transportation modified the State Transportation Improvement Program list this week because the General Assembly generated additional funds in the state budget it voted on in September. The Department of Transportation estimates higher Division of Motor Vehicles fees and retaining more money for highway projects will contribute to roughly $1.7 billion more for the program through 2025.

High-profile projects sped up due to the extra funds include Winston-Salem’s Northern Beltway, a segment of the Asheville Connector and the Mid-Currituck Bridge.

The board approved the program list amendments Thursday.

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