The Charlotte Observer - Charlotte, NC
MAR 15, 2015

Special to the Observer

Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. In the next 20 years, our metro population will double from two to four million people. A critical challenge will be to continue to move people and product in and through our region efficiently.

It is imperative that we continue to invest in a comprehensive transportation infrastructure. That includes protecting and growing our hub airport, continuing to implement our vision for transit and land use along major corridors, and adding additional highway capacity throughout the region.

Road investments and transportation funding policy changes have been impressive in recent years. A critical new bridge on I-85 was built over the Yadkin River in record time. The final six miles of I-485 will open in two months, five years ahead of the original schedule. Additional capacity has been added to I-485 in the Ballantyne area.

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