The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

July 19, 2013

Red Cross considers DOT proposal

By Marina Shankle, Staff Writer

Friday, July 19, 2013 —

The Red Cross Town Council met at 7 p.m. Monday to consider a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) proposal that could affect the town.

NCDOT’s tentative plan includes an expressway that could either run through Red Cross and Locust or bypass the towns by alternative routes.

“Instead of having traffic move through Locust and Red Cross so quickly, the state is having us look at some possible alternative routes,” Councilman Jerry Jordan said.

According to Red Cross Mayor Larry Wayne Smith, the proposed plan will not be implemented for years.

“This is something that’s 30 years from now. We’re trying to get an alternative route to bypass Red Cross,” Smith said.

On Monday evening, the council examined a map of the various proposed routes.

“We’re looking at it from the perspective of, ‘How does it benefit Red Cross?’ ” Jordan said.

“The general consensus of the town is to keep this a boulevard instead of an expressway. It’s a safety thing.”

Councilmen Kelly Brattain and Jordan suggested that the council think about their options before reaching a decision about which alternative route to recommend to NCDOT.

Lou Eubanks, of the Planning and Zoning Board, said she would like to see the council reach a decision soon.

“DOT is giving us the impression that what we say might matter,” Eubanks said.

The council agreed that there will be many future meetings dealing with the issue.

The Red Cross Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Red Cross Town Hall.