RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A majority in the North Carolina Senate says the General Assembly should get out of the business of choosing which toll-road projects should be built.

Senators tentatively agreed Wednesday to a House bill that initially directed the Department of Transportation to review an alternate route for a section of Raleigh's yet-to-be-completed Outer Beltline.

But Senate Republicans added language that removed the mandate in state law requiring toll projects for Gaston County and Wilmington roads and for the Mid-Currituck Bridge to be built. Sen. Bill Rabon of Brunswick County says the bill won't kill the three projects but rather throw them back in the pool of projects being evaluated by state engineers for construction.

A final Senate vote is expected Thursday, but House members aren't immediately likely to support the change.

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