NC 20 Welcomes New Members

August 21, 2009

I’d like to welcome the US 17 Association as a member of NC 20. Marc Finlayson, the Executive Director, had worked diligently to advance the cause of the Coastal Corridor.  Even though all of us do not reside directly on US 17, I’m sure you can appreciate the impact it would have if four-laned. It would be a feeder of tourist traffic to anyone even close,especially our beach friends.

Currently, I-95 is the preferred route for most tourist and commercial traffic without direct interest in the coast. If we can divert some of that traffic to the 17 corridor, things would definitely start to improve. Like a friend I hunt with says, “My philosophy is to throw a little lead in the air and hope something flies into it.”

We are in the process of getting an economic impact study done to quantify those perceived benefits, and we’ll share that with all of you when it’s finished. In the meantime, read the linked article below. It shows the continuing frustration of Charlotte over their lack of an “outer belt.” They are putting tremendous pressure on the State DOT and the Governor to complete it. That’s our competition. I wonder why they can’t just take some of the money they have saved on sub-market insurance rates and finish it themselves.


http://www.charlotteobserver.com/local/story/900192.html

http://news14.com/content/local_news/charlotte/613520/i-485-completion-would

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