The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 14, 2012

Council wants 24/27 change

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — As Locust consented to do in October, Red Cross council members agreed that N.C. 24/27 running through their towns should be deemed a boulevard.

Dana Stoogenke, director of the Rocky River Rural Planning Organization (RPO), spoke to council members on what steps had already been taken in the matter.

As Stoogenke noted, N.C. 24/27 is currently labeled as an expressway. The expressway designation by the N.C. Department of Transportation (NDOT) allows the road to be for more high-speed traveling, with fewer intersections, especially stoplights.

As reported when Stoogenke spoke to Locust, a boulevard designation allows for a median, more places to turn and traffic lights.

As required by NCDOT, the towns would have to go through the RPO to bring the formal application before NCDOT.

“We can make our request and see if they entertain that when they revisit this process,” Stoogenke said of the Strategic Highway Corridor.

“I felt that it was impotant that each town come to us officially asking for it so that we’re all on the same page.”

Red Cross unanimously agreed to pass their own resolution, similar to Locust, which was immediately passed on to Stoogenke.

With Stoogenke planning to present the signed resolution at the next RPO meeting Nov. 15, the towns’s involvement can only continue as RPO and NCDOT allows.