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North Carolina Earns Poor Transportation Rankings

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Location: Charlotte, NC

North Carolina Earns Poor Transportation Rankings

Failed leadership in Raleigh responsible for bad conditions

Mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican nominee for governor, today said failed leadership and planning in Raleigh is to blame for poor road and bridge conditions in North Carolina.

The state ranks 48th in the nation in urban interstate congestion and 41st in structurally deficient bridges according to a study conducted by The Reason Foundation.

"We deserve a transportation infrastructure that allows us to travel throughout the state quickly, safely and efficiently," said McCrory. "Unfortunately, Raleigh leaders including Lt. Gov. Perdue have not done their jobs and that's why people all over the state are dissatisfied with traffic jams, pot-holes and unsafe bridges.

"The culture of arrogance and corruption in Raleigh rewards transportation dollars for political favors rather than for actual needs. That's why we've seen roads crumble while the Department of Transportation was used as a fundraising machine. It's time to take the politics out of transportation.

"As governor, I will guide NCDOT back on track so we can once again be called ‘the good roads state.' I will work with engineers and local communities to develop a 50-year transportation plan that will take a detailed look at North Carolina's traffic congestion, safety requirements and economic development needs. It is time to change the status quo."

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