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Citizens' input requested at the public meetings scheduled in April on the draft DOT Comprehensive Transportation Plan
Posted Date:
3/29/2018
There are several projects in the DOT CTP that will take place in Aberdeen. Now is the time to voice your concerns or ask any questions!!
Every other year the state Department of Transportation works with regional and local planners and traffic engineers to develop a prioritized list of projects for the next 10 years. Known as STI (Strategic Transportation Investments), the process analyzes existing and future conditions across a variety of transportation modes — highway, ferry, rail, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and aviation.

Here in Moore County, the area’s steadily increasing population and shifting demographics have forced road planning discussion into high gear.

On Monday, the Aberdeen Town Board and Southern Pines Town Council met with Scott Walston, DOT Planning Division engineer, and Matt Day with the Triangle Area Rural Planning Organization, to review the draft Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP), a list of committed projects in the 2018-2027 STIP, and a list of potential projects that may be prioritized in future plans.

Day and Walston were scheduled to speak before the Pinehurst Village Council on Tuesday.

“There are a lot of changes coming to Moore, especially here in southern Moore County,” said Aberdeen Mayor Robbie Farrell. “There will be some disruptions but it is to improve congestion. At the rate we are growing, we will be at 100,000 in population before too long.”

The list of committed local projects, with funding already allocated for right of way or construction work in 2022 or earlier, includes:

  • U.S. 15-501 at Maple Avenue in Aberdeen. Construction of a mid-block crosswalk, pedestrian signal and refuge island in the median. Construction anticipated in 2018.
  • Sidewalk construction on Knoll Road, from Arboretum Drive to Paddock Lane. Construction anticipated in 2020.
  • Sidewalk construction on Johnson Street, from U.S. 15-501 to Mike Place, in Aberdeen. Construction anticipated in 2020.
  • Widen N.C. 211 from N.C. 73 in West End to Holly Grove School Road. Construction anticipated in 2020.
  • Upgrades to N.C. 690 from Vass to Cumberland County line, to include turn lanes and some realignment. Construction anticipated in 2020.
  • Widen N.C. 24/27 from the Courthouse west to N.C. 22 to U.S. 15-501 in Carthage, adding bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Construction anticipated in 2020.
  • Synchronized street project on U.S. 15-501, from U.S. 1 to Brucewood Road. Construction anticipated in 2020.
  • Synchronized street project on U.S. 1, from Old Route 1 to Roseland Road. Construction anticipated in 2020.
  • Widen N.C. 211 from U.S. 15-501 in Aberdeen to Raeford. Construction anticipated in 2022.
  • Moore County Airport construction of hangar taxiways and an internal airfield service road. Construction anticipated in 2022.
  • Upgrades to N.C. 5 from Pinehurst village limits south to U.S. 1, in Aberdeen, to include turn lanes and adding paved shoulders. Construction anticipated in 2022.
The list of uncommitted projects that are listed in the current STIP, but without funding allocated, includes:

  • Upgrades to U.S. 15-501 from Voit Gilmore Lane to Page Road, including improvements to the Pinehurst Traffic Circle. Construction anticipated in 2026.
  • Widen U.S. 15-501 from Aberdeen to Laurinburg. Construction anticipated in 2027.
The draft CTP includes several projects already prioritized in the STIP process, plus other potential projects that have not yet been approved. The most controversial project on the list is the proposed Western Connector, a new two- or four-lane boulevard that would run through mostly undeveloped and farm land between Foxfire and Pinehurst. Throughout March, Walston has met with officials from each municipality to review the proposed list and gather input.

DOT has also coordinated a series of public meetings to be held in April to collect additional input on the draft CTP. Each session includes a short introductory video and a two-hour drop-in period when citizens can review maps and meet one-on-one with state and regional transportation planners. Public meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • April 9 at Carthage Agricultural Center, 2-4 p.m.
  • April 11 at Vass Town Hall, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • April 11 at Cameron Fire Department, 2-4 p.m.
  • April 12 at Southern Pines Douglass Community Center, 6-8 p.m.
  • April 17 at Aberdeen Lake Park, 3-5 p.m.
  • April 17 at Pinehurst Village Hall, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • April 19 at Robbins North Moore High School, 6-8 p.m.
  • April 23 at Aberdeen Elementary School, 6-8 p.m.

The draft CTP is also available for review online at www.ncdot.gov/projects/moorechoices/

Reposted from Laura Douglass, The Pilot Newspaper.

 

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