July 13, 2009

Turnpike Authority under DOT

Saw a tweet that led a this blog post calling for people to call their NC Legislators about a threat to the Mid County Bridge. No source for the post and no bill number etc. There is also no anaysis how moving the Turnpike Authority under DOT would affect anything.

I did a little digging and found this language in the budget bill passed by the NC House. I suspect this is what the writer is referring to:


House Bill 916
...
PART XXI. NORTH CAROLINA TURNPIKE AUTHORITY
13
14 NORTH CAROLINA TURNPIKE AUTHORITY
15 SECTION 21.1. G.S. 136-89.182 reads as rewritten:
16 "(b) Administrative Placement. – The Authority shall be located within the Department
17 of Transportation for administrative purposes but shall exercise all of its powers independently
18 of the Department of Transportation except as otherwise specified in this Article.
and shall be
19 subject to and under the direct supervision of the Secretary of Transportation. This shall be
20 treated as a Type I transfer under G.S. 143A-6.

21 …
22 (d) Board of Transportation Members. –No more than two members Members of the
23 North Carolina Board of Transportation may serve as members of the Authority Board.

Not sure how this change would effect any of the Authority's projects. I guess it would mean more oversight but its hard to see how it would affect the projects since financing for the authority is done by selling bonds to be repayed by the tolls levied on the user of the roads and bridges the Authority operates.
Anyway just another strange element of the state government process.
Ciao

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