By Shannon Beamon, Staff Writer
Monday, February 3, 2014 —
The City of Albemarle decided to recommend four major road improvements to NCDOT at last night’s meeting.
The top two priorities the city recommended be put on that list were the widening of N.C. 24-27 from Bird Road in Albemarle to the Pee Dee River and the construction of a U.S. 52 bypass of Misenheimer.
The other two projects the council felt would most benefit the city and the region was the widening of N.C. 49 west of U.S. 52 and the widening of N.C. 49 east of U.S. 52.
NCDOT requested public comments on regional road projects early in January in order to implement the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investment law,
Over the next few weeks each NCDOT division will use those comments to make a list of priority projects for their respective area which will then be submitted for funding under the law’s new funding formula.
While the city has already had some input in the matter through the Rocky River Rural Planning Organization, they said they wanted to take this opportunity to promote those projects once again.
“These projects hit home,” Councilor and RRRPO delegate Martha Sue Hall said about the issue in January.
“Stanly County has been very well represented at the (RRRPO)... I think that’s been to our benefit.”
Most recently, the city has seen two sidewalk projects on Leonard Avenue and South Second Street moved forward with their assistance. Those sidewalk designs are expected to start by the end of the year.
Mayor Ronnie Michael said these kind of road projects bring in both traffic and business into the area.
“It’s important that we promote them in any way we can,” Michael said.
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