I-85 widening gaining favor in Gaston County

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 3:03 PM

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) -- More officials in Gaston County are starting to get behind a plan to widen Interstate 85 again instead of building a new toll road in the southern part of the county. 

The Gaston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/18BMirH ) the Gastonia City Council plans to pass a resolution Tuesday supporting the expansion of I-85 from three to four lanes between Exit 10 and Exit 26. 

I-85 expansion would likely mean the toll road Garden Parkway in the southern part of the county would face a long delay or never get built. A new priority road formula for state funding means officials would have to choose between the two projects. 

Gaston County voters have also chosen leaders during recent elections that oppose the proposed 22-mile Garden Parkway toll road.
 

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