The 9th District has been seriously shortchanged when it comes to highway funding. The old Highway 74 corridor linking Asheville to Charlotte to Wilmington has been a major trade route since colonial times and the “plank road” signs reflect that history. There should have been an interstate linking those major cities years ago. Fern started pushing for just that while still in the legislature, calling it the Prosperity Project. The prosperity Charlotte has enjoyed simply can’t get through the bad roads road block to reach all of the people of the 9th district and that needs to change.
We finally have an interstate designation indicating a plan to provide an interstate from Rockingham to Wilmington, but we need to link that section to Charlotte.