ON THE STREET – News from the SIC

Bill Gilmore, PE (HDR/ICA) / December 8, 2015

The following items may be of interest to our readers. NCSITE takes no official position on these articles or items; however, you are encouraged to read and stay abreast of what is taking place in our profession and discuss with your colleagues.

STATE AND NATIONAL NEWS

Over the past months, much has taken place to shore up transportation funding in North Carolina. Passage of 2015-241 (the NC Budget) put North Carolina in much better position to improve safety and mobility. You can see it here: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/PDF/H97v9.pdf.

At the federal level, President Obama signed a 5-year, $305 billion transportation bill for highways and transit ending numerous years of debate on this issue.  You can research more on this bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2353/actions. For North Carolina, this translates into about $400 million over the next five years.

Passage of the bill was the result of Congress working across the aisle and coming to a compromise.  Even so, there remains some disagreement with the bill.  For North Carolina, here’s how it settled out.

  • For the bill: Alma Adams; G.K. Butterfield, Jr.; Renee Elmers; Patrick McHenry; Mark Meadows; Robert Pittenger; David Price; David Rouzer.
  • Against the bill: Virginia Foxx; George Holding; Richard Hudson; Walter Jones, Jr.; Mark Walker

It is important that you consider contacting your representatives and senators to let them know your thoughts about their vote. Remember, your vote counts, but beyond votes a simple email in advance of the vote has real power.