I was recently presented with The Carolinas Concrete Paving Association “Good Roads Advocate Award” in Fayetteville.
As co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of Transportation, I was able to assist in finding more than $700 million in new revenue for state transportation needs over the next two years, which represents a major increase in funding for road maintenance and new construction.
Additionally, as primary sponsor of a bill to eliminate the annual transfer of $220 million from the Highway Fund, I helped make good on a promise legislators have been making for years to end the transfer and ensure those dollars are spent on building and maintaining safe roads and bridges. Besides working on finding additional revenues for road construction, I also have focused on improving the quality of roads that are built and have assisted the increasing competition in the bidding process to reduce the cost of road construction.
“We are proud to recognize Sen. Meredith for his tireless work to ensure that all North Carolinians are driving on good quality roads – and that taxpayers are getting the best value for the roads being built and maintained in our state,” said Greg Dean, Executive Director of the Carolinas Concrete Paving Association, who presented the award.
The Carolinas Concrete Paving Association is an affiliate of the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA). Founded in 1963, ACPA is the world’s largest trade association that exclusively represents the interests of those involved with the design, construction, and preservation of concrete pavements. ACPA provides engineering expertise, design tools, pavement specifications, construction best practices, and education to members and agencies.