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NC Senate passes bill that would eliminate funding for Garden Parkway

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GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) -

The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would eliminate funding for the Garden Parkway in Gaston County.

The long-controversial project would have connected Gastonia with Interstate-485 in west Charlotte to alleviate congestion on Interstate 85.

The bill, already passed by the House, now goes to conference committee where it must be approved before it goes to the governor's desk for signature.

The project was already on hold because of a pending lawsuit.

Rep. Dana Bumgardner, R-Gaston, had introduced an earlier bill that would have killed the project.

Bumgardner tells WBTV that this was one of the main reasons he was elected.

"I'm thankful for the senate help. The project never should have been passed through legislation. I agree road funding needs to be de-politicized. Projects should be developed based on need."

WBTV has reported over the years on the protests and people concerned over losing property. 

But many organizations including the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, city council and county commission are all for it saying it will elevate traffic and cut down on travel time.

The road would begin at I-85 in Bessemer City, wind around Crowder's mountain, turn east towards Charlotte and end near the airport.

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