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Alexander reappointed to turnpike authority

Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday officially announced the reappointment of Rowan County’s state transportation board representative to the N.C. Turnpike Authority.

Local businessman Jake Alexander and three others were reappointed to the turnpike authority’s board of directors, according to an announcement from McCrory’s office. The term length for the appointment is four years.

Alexander is also the N.C. Board of Transportation representative for Division 9, which includes Rowan, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, and Stokes counties.

James Crawford, of Granville County, Robert Teer Jr., of Durham County, and John Collet, of Mecklenburg County were also reappointed by McCrory to the turnpike authority. All of the reappointments except for Teer serve on both the turnpike authority and the board of transportation.

The turnpike authority’s website states it was created in 2002 by the General Assembly in response to concerns about rapid growth, heavy congestion and dwindling resources.

The authority’s current projects include: extending the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 bypass in Apex to the U.S. 64 and U.S. 264 bypass in Knightdale; a toll road extending from US 74 near I-485 in Mecklenburg County to US 74 in Union County; a seven-mile-long, two-lane toll bridge across Currituck Sound on the coast; a toll road that’s about 22 miles from I-85, west of Gastonia in Gaston County; and a road thats about 10 miles from U.S. 17 in Brunswick County to U.S. 421 in Wilmington.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246

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