Lake Norman & Mooresville

State money for roads bypasses nearby needs

The press release sounded like great news.

Earlier this month, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced more than $265 million in highway improvements throughout the state. The money would go toward replacing bridges and resurfacing roads in 29 counties.

But a closer look reveals a stunning omission.

None of that money is going toward any Lake Norman-area county.

Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lincoln, and Catawba counties were all left off the list. That seems hard to believe in an area where traffic can back up for miles along interstates and cars. Roads here are wearing down with all of that traffic, yet none of the latest grants came this way.

Maybe that will change one day. The newly formed 21st Century Transportation Committee was set up last year to examine the transportation challenges facing the state and make recommendations for change. The committee has considered a bond package of up to $2 billion to help out the state's construction program.

Let's hope some of that money would head this way.