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  1. Corridor #5 Update United States Senate Briefing September 26, 2007

  2. Corridor #5 • 6 states • 900+ miles • High Priority Corridor #5 ISTEA • Highway of National & Regional Significance in SAFETEA-LU • Special tolling provision granted (via SAFETEA-LU)

  3. Practical Roadway • More than 50% is built or uses existing roadways • Connects with I-70, I-75, I-80, I-74, I-90 • $12 Billion construction cost in 4 southern states • $1 Billion programmed

  4. Progress Underway Expand Existing Highways Partially Constructed Planning / Study

  5. Common Benefits of Transportation Infrastructure System Linkage – Still Much To Be Done Multi-Modal Planning & Coordination Relieve Local/Regional Traffic Congestion

  6. Additional Benefits of I-73 Hurricane Evacuation Military Access Growth In Population Economic Development

  7. Must Prepare For Growth

  8. Need Economic Lifeline Unemployment Rate Average Hourly Wage

  9. By The Numbers 205.2 Million $109.6 Billion 28.9 Million 186,000 375 Tons Shipped Annually Between 6 Corridor States Annual Value of Commerce Between 6 States Visitors Annually to I-73/I-74 Corridor # Jobs Created If All 6 States Reach Average Unemployment Rate (6 states vs. US Avg) Miles of New Roadway to Be Built

  10. Economic Vitality • System Linkage • Congestion Relief • Population Surge • Grow Tourism • Save Lives I-73 / I-74: Pathways to Progress

  11. Corridor #5 Update United States Senate Briefing September 26, 2007

  12. South Carolina Corridor

  13. South Carolina Progress • 80 mile portion in SC- Eastern Section (Southern Corridor), from SC 22- I-95 is about 40 miles long and about six months ahead of the Western Section (Northern Corridor) which is 35-40 miles long • Southern Corridor- submitted the Final Environmental Impact Statement to FHWA on September 17th to begin the required legal sufficiency review. Anticipate a November approval of the FEIS. • Northern Corridor- the Draft Environmental Impact Statement was signed July 19, 2007 and conducted Public Hearings in August. Anticipate approval of the FEIS by Spring 2008. • Funding currently programmed: $100 Million • Amount of funding needed: $2 Billion, even though the SC portion has been approved as a toll road.

  14. North Carolina Corridor

  15. North Carolina Progress • 44 miles currently to Interstate standards • I-73: 2 miles • I-74: 19 miles • Common portion: 23 miles • Major projects currently under construction • I-73 in Greensboro area (Greensboro Western Loop) – completion in 2007 • I-73/74 in Montgomery and Richmond – completion in 2007 • I-74 in Robeson County (west from I-95) – completion in 2008 • Estimated current cost to complete remaining sections – $2.9 billion + • Funding currently programmed: ~ $700 million • Additional funding required: $2.2 billion +

  16. Virginia Corridor

  17. Virginia Progress • The Federal Highway Administration approved the states application to build a 70 mile section through the state- from NC state line to Roanoke, VA. • Environmental study is completed and design work for the I-73 Route in VA is currently underway. • There is an additional 50-60 miles from Roanoke to Bluefield, WV that has not been studied yet. • Funding currently programmed: $13.3 Million • Additional funding needed: $4 Billion (inflated to 2017)

  18. West Virginia Corridor

  19. West Virginia Progress • Has built part of its portion that follows highway 52 throughout WV. • King Coal Highway and the Tolsia Highway represent Interstate 73/74 in WV. • Tolsia Highway (North Western Corridor) stretches 55 miles from Huntington to Williamson. • The King Coal Highway (South Eastern Corridor) proceeds 95 miles where it meets the Tolsia Highway, Mingo County to Mercer County. • Funding currently programmed: $80 Million • Additional funding needed: $3.2 Billion

  20. Ohio Corridor

  21. Ohio Progress • Currently no active plans. • However, the proposed Corridor makes use of US 23 and most of construction would be upgrading the highway to interstate standards.

  22. Michigan Corridor

  23. Michigan Progress • Currently no active plans. • However, throughout MI the Corridor makes use of existing US 223, US 127, and I-75. Much like Ohio, it would mostly have to upgrade roads to interstate standards.