The US Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will host a national town hall meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 1-2 p.m. to discuss the future of the country's transportation investments.
For the 28th time in the past 6 years, the US Congress delayed their decision on final funding which would cover long-term transportation needs at the local, state and federal level. Congress extended the deadline to May 2015. Foxx will host a national town hall meeting to discuss long-term funding for transportation.
The town hall meeting will be streamed live, and the public is invited to submit questions to Secretary Foxx in advance via Twitter using the hashtag #InvestNow, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal funds that could support important projects in Wilmington like the Independence Boulevard Extension are dwindling. State funding is also being stretched thin. The division of the NC DOT which includes New Hanover County will receive $19 million each year for the next 10 years, but that amount must cover projects in 6 counties. The Independence Boulevard Extension project alone is estimated to cost $86.1 million.
One of the only other methods of funding large transportation projects in the City of Wilmington would be through a transportation bond.
Visit wilmingtonnc.gov/transportation2014 to learn more about projects included with the city's proposed bond that will appear on the November ballot.