Road Conditions Deteriorate in NC Meghan Grady, Staff Writer Road conditions in North Carolina are growing increasingly bad as each year passes, and the snow and ice that was dropped, across the state during the past few months has not helped with road 'condition issues. Such wintery pre cipitation has lead to the increased development of potholes which are the result of water seeping into cracks in the road and then ex panding when temperatures lower and the water freezes. This expan sion pushes outward, thus creating a hole beneath the surface. Follow ing the snow, the DOT requested that motorists contact them in order to pinpoint the worst pot holes and to allow the process of restoration. ~ The roadways are in dire need of repairs. However, along with repairs follows a rather large ' price tag, and frankly the funds are just not in the budget. There have been discussions that Interstate 95 may need the most work of all. As Bruce Siceloff of the News and Observer puts it, I-95 has become “a 182-mile-long pothole from Virginia to South Carolina.” For those of yoii who travel this road, you can probably attest to this statement. It is estimated that I-95 repairs would cost around $5 bil lion dollars. This cost factors in the STAFF • hcraldcqnicredith.cdu F.ditor Hriihv hniinviine;;' mereililli.edii Assistant Editors Mariamaw'rt Tadcssc Ad Manager Xn'slon ( Staff Writers Krishna (.'\n\5!,av\ar.n\(.V\ .lillian Curtis Erin Etlu’rid.i^c Kr/st/n GiillnfilitT .Mcj;hiiii (iraciv Maria (iithua CailUn (Uiftin Calk'v .Iduos Aloifiha Anna Tiiriwr i^iiii'Zlians addition of two lanes both ways, as well as means to raise bridges that pose a threat to large trucks from the Virginia to the South Carolina border. A suggestion for raising funds would be to add tollbooths at each end in order to collect money from out of state visitors and residents that frequent the highway. This plan is a possibility but legislature changes are a re quirement. As for now, repairs are being done in the areas with the greatest need, and plans to create a toll bootli infrastructure have not been instated. Not only are these road- needs costing the state of North Carolina money, they are also div ing into the wallets of the North Carolinians that travel them. A report from TRIP, a group of con struction engineers, estimates that the cost to motorists is around $ 1350 per person. They allotted * $733 for time wasted in traf fic delays, $238 for damage and accidents, and $379 for maintenance on vehicles due to the roads. They account the worsening conditions to the population spike in North Carolina since 1990, which have led to increased travel on roads that have not seen increased repair funding. The NC legislature will have to find the funds to improve roads—hopefully without pricey dips into citizen pockets. And in the meanwhile, take caution to these conditions when traveling the roadways. Keep America beautiful for your chance to WIN $5800 for your favorite club, sorority or charity Layout Editor Emily Mellon Holly Meyer Sports Editor Jillian Curtis Literature Advisor Suzanne lidtl Advisor Dana Gay 'W Mtrcditli I KtoW U pu\v lislifd by the ColU'jio tbT»uy,boul the iir-Klt-mic year. ’Ilio pnjXT is lumlixlh\ llmuiiih mhvrtis- ing. .\ll ;ul\citi'»t‘nknU sliouUl bo sonl It > VuTabU" nirrt'tblh.t’tlu. ’Hie opinions cxprossoil in tlu' txlitorial onlumns do noi nttr.'.Mjnlv rt'/Zet t liiosc o/'f/ic dtiministntfion, fdnj/h'. Unlv. 'I'hc policy of this paper requires that submis sions be made by 5 p.m. the rbursday before pubneution, allow in}; time foramstiUation between sla/Ttmd conlnbulors; that articles not e.vceed 700 wortls; that letters to the eiUlor nut exceed *400 words; and that contribu tors si};n all .submissions ami pros ide neee.ssary contact information. The editor and staff welcome submissions meeting the abtne }»indeUnes. Publislu'(} by Hini on Pn 'ss V'- o.b? tampons help support the environment by creating 58% less waste*' than any applicator brand. As national sponsors of the Great American Cleanup, we’re proud to present the o.b? mighty. small7” challenge. Gather a campus Cleanup team today for your chance to win. mighty, small: challenge IN RARTNERSHIP WITH GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUR *For o.b^ Regular and Super absorbency tampons. iDMcNEIL* RPC. Inc. 2010.

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