The NC Department of Transportation has released the 2018-2027 State Transportation Development plan. Included in the state’s next draft 10-year transportation plan are several projects slated for Bladen County. The total cost of the projects slated is about $110 million.
“A strong transportation network is the backbone of the state’s economy,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “We took the politics out of transportation planning to ensure roads and other important infrastructure are prioritized based on need. These projects demonstrate the process is working as intended to make smart decisions that keep North Carolina moving.”
Some of those projects slated include:
*Aviation needs for the construction of two hangars measuring 120 feet x 150 feet; about 5560 Sq. Yards of aircraft apron and parking lot construction at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. The estimated cost is $720,000.
*The acquisition of 33 acres of land adjacent to the airport for the development of large corporate hangars/apron or aviation industrial development at Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field. The estimated cost is $373,500.
*The widening and extension of the runway at Curtis L. Brown Jr. field. The estimated cost is $2.3 million.
*Site preparation for two new corporate hangars at Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field. The project includes site preparation, taxi lane and ramp paving and utility installation. Construction of two hangars measuring 16,400 sq. foot.
*Widening of NC 87 from the Elizabethtown Bypass to Elwell Ferry Road. The estimated cost is $106 million.
*Construction of a sidewalk from the North side of Newkirk Street from Martin Luther King Drive to Elizabethtown Middle School. The estimated cost is $330,000.
*Construction of a sidewalk from the north side of Broad Street from Scout Lane to the NC 87 Bypass. The estimated cost is $288,800.
For a complete listing of projects throughout North Carolina, go to NCDOT.gov/STI.