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Feb. 3, 2009



FIVE STATES AND USDOT PARTNER TO IMPROVE INTERSTATE 95 THROUGH CORRIDOR OF THE FUTURE PROGRAM
Development Agreement Aims to Reduce Congestion, Increase Safety and Reliability

RICHMOND — The Commonwealth of Virginia, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and four southern states along the Interstate 95 corridor have formally agreed to work together to improve and expand a 1,054-mile stretch of the major north-south transportation artery as part of the Corridors of the Future Program.

The states, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, recently signed a development agreement that calls for a coordinated regional approach to reducing congestion and increasing the safety and reliability of the interstate.

The I-95 corridor was selected by the USDOT as a “Corridor of the Future,” through a program aimed at reducing congestion and improving efficiencies on U.S. interstates.  In September, 2007, North Carolina was awarded $21.8 million on behalf of the five states.

“I-95 is a major transportation corridor that supports tourism and the movement of goods and services from Maine to Florida, and it connects to other interstate and primary highways,” stated Virginia Secretary of Transportation Pierce R. Homer. “We must work together to develop innovative transportation solutions that ensure this vital artery continues to support the economic prosperity of the nation and quality of life of its citizens.”

The development agreement calls for the states to:

  • Use public-private partnerships and techniques, where feasible, to minimize construction time on projects and help control costs
  • Work together to address operational problems and improve system performance and safety
  • Provide consistency in corridor development projects including intelligent transportation systems
  • Communicate project planning and implementation and consider compatibility with the strategic vision and impacts to the corridor

 “This partnership provides a greater opportunity to build a congestion-managed multimodal corridor that is safe, reliable and environmentally responsible,” said North Carolina Secretary of Transportation Gene Conti. “Our coordinated efforts will increase the value to the user, increase economic opportunities for our nation and improve the quality of life for all who use it.”

View the agreement.(PDF; 673 KB)



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