Interstate corridor approved

Published 12:30 pm Monday, April 6, 2020

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Columbus joins county to make US 74 an interstate

COLUMBUS—The Town of Columbus has joined Polk County officials in approving a resolution supporting the designation of a future interstate quality corridor along U.S. 74. 

Columbus Town Council met last week and approved the resolution, which would improve U.S. 74 to interstate status from Asheville to Wilmington. 

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The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved a similar resolution earlier this year. 

Following is the resolution the Town of Columbus recently approved: 

WHERAS, the need to improve US 74 to an interstate status from Asheville to Wilmington to improve freight movement and in-state access through southern North Carolina has been identified in previous studies; and

WHEREAS, an interstate quality US-74 corridor will provide better connectivity, business planning, transportation safety, and resource efficiency from I-26 to I-85; and

WHEREAS, every county that borders Rutherford County (Polk, Henderson, Buncombe, McDowell, Burke, Cleveland, Cherokee SC and Spartanburg SC) has a federally designated interstate corridor that traverses their counties; and

WHEREAS, local governments and businesses within the corridor collaboratively seek to build a responsive, regional economic development infrastructure to increase trade and industry and to promote opportunity recognizing that these efforts are hampered in Polk County due to the lack of a federal interstate designation along this corridor; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina’s federal legislative delegation has the authority to submit legislation granting a Future US-74 Interstate status from I-26 to I-85; and

WHEREAS, because a section of Highway 74 east of Charlotte has a federal interstate designation, the section between I-26 and I-85 would require a different interstate name. 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN O COLUMBUS: that the town council of the Town of Columbus requests that our North Carolina federal legislative delegation submit and support federal legislation to secure a future interstate designation for the section of US-74 from I-26 to I-85; and, 

BE IT ALSO FURTHER RESOLVED that the clerk provide a copy of this resolution to the NC Transportation Secretary and the Polk County State and Federal legislative delegations requesting their support.