The Town of Aberdeen sits at the intersections of four major highways: NC Hwy 15/501, NC Hwy 5, NC Hwy 211, and US Hwy 1. Railroad is also present throughout town, running parallel to NC Hwy 5 and intersecting US Hwy 1 at grade. Southern Moore County has almost doubled in population during the last 10 years and is a popular destination spot for golfing, horseback riding and other activities.
The end result of our popularity and growth is that US Hwy 1 is at capacity for vehicles and vehicle movements and NC Hwy 5 is approaching capacity. NC Hwy 211 is heavily traveled through Pinehurst. US Hwy 1 average daily traffic counts range from 36,000 to 39,000 vehicles per day. NC Hwy 5 ranges from 9,400 to 9,700 vehicles per day near the intersection with US Hwy 1. Potential bypasses and redevelopment of existing roads need to be considered to ensure that road congestion does not affect mobility, including mobility of our servicemen and women who must be positioned to deploy quickly. Roads must be able to accommodate anticipated transportation needs as we continue to grow. NCDOT seeks to ensure that US Hwy 1, a strategic corridor for the nation as it extends from Maine to Florida achieves freeway status.
In order to compete with other desperately needed highway improvement projects across the state for funding to fix our roads, Moore County needs an adopted Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Input from area businesses and residents is critical to make sure that good ideas are received regarding potential road corridors or redevelopment of existing corridors. If you have ever thought about providing input to your governmental officials, now is the time. It can take over 12 years to develop and build new roads. At some point in the future our highways will become so bad that if we do not plan for ourselves, NCDOT will plan for us. We must start now if we hope to see improvements consistent with our residents’ vision of the Town of Aberdeen.
NCDOT, Moore County and Moore County municipalities are sponsoring “Strings and Ribbons.” This is a facilitated mapping effort to help identify what areas are suitable for new roads or road expansions and what resources are important to protect. Every member of the public is invited to participate. A schedule of meetings is listed below. Please do your best to attend at least one of these meetings so that NCDOT and our elected officials know what is important to you!
Click this link http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/moorechoices/default.html to see more information about this effort and videos about the challenges facing us.
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