By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s senators say the U.S. Department of Transportation will award nearly $150 million for infrastructure projects across highway corridors in eastern parts of the state.

U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, and Gov. Roy Cooper, told news outlets in statements Tuesday that the $147 million grant will help widen up to 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Interstate 95 and upgrade parts U.S. Route 70 to make it Interstate 42. It’s unclear when construction will begin.

Parts of I-95 will be widened near Fayetteville. U.S. 70 will become I-42 with upgrades from I-40 to Morehead City.

The projects will decrease traffic congestion, improve emergency preparedness during natural disasters and enhance access to four military bases. 300 miles (480 kilometers) of fiber optic cable will also be installed along both highways.

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