It’s National Pothole Day – a day to commemorate all drivers for persevering on roads with excessive potholes. In North Carolina, 3,116 miles of highway are in poor condition due to being worn down from decades of use, increasing the amount of potholes that put travelers’ safety at risk.
Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, help is on the way to fix deteriorating roads in North Carolina. Over the next five years, North Carolina is expected to receive $7.2 billion for federal-aid highway apportioned programs, rebuilding and repairing roads across the Tar Heel State.
“Every driver is united in lamenting potholes, which are a nuisance for us all. Thanks to President Biden, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing the necessary funds to finally fix roads and highways in North Carolina in need of repair. It’s too bad GOP Representatives Greg Murphy, Virginia Foxx, David Rouzer, Richard Hudson, Dan Bishop, Patrick McHenry, Madison Cawthorn and Tedd Budd couldn’t support these improvements to our state,” said NCDP Spokesperson Ellie Dougherty.
In addition to fixing our roads and highways, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will provide:
- $91.4 million in Fiscal Year 2022 and $456.8 million over five years to repair and rebuild the 1,460 bridges in poor condition across the Tar Heel State.
- Over $900 million over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.
- $109 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in the state. North Carolina will also have the opportunity to apply for the $2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging in the bill.
- A minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 424,000 North Carolinians who currently lack it. 3,219,000 or 31% of people in North Carolina will also be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.