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DOT to outline future road projects

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Twin Counties residents will get the chance to sound off on area transportation projects at an upcoming open house.

Anyone interested can learn more about a draft 10-year Transportation Improvement Plan for 2020-29 during a weeklong open house later this month in Wilson, said Andrew Barksdale, spokesman for the state Transportation Department's Division 4 that includes Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson, Halifax, Johnston and Wayne counties.

"The department unveiled its proposed funding and construction plan in January with more than 1,600 transportation projects across the state," Barksdale said.

The list includes 18 new projects for Division 4. Projects were selected based on technical data as well as input from local officials and the public.

The transportation plan is updated every two years. Projects scheduled in the first five years are considered committed, while projects in the final five years of the draft 10-year plan will be re-evaluated again as part of the development process for the 2022-31 plan. That process will start later this year, Barksdale said.

Residents can review maps and handouts about the projects, ask questions of state transportation staff and submit comments. The Division 4 open house is set for Feb. 25 through March 1 at the division’s main office at 509 Ward Blvd. in Wilson. Residents may drop by between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The public contact for the open house is Jimmy Eaton, who can be reached at 252-640-6400.

People who can’t visit the office that week may submit their comments online through April 15. A list of the projects in the draft plan and additional information is available on the NCDOT website.

The state Board of Transportation will consider adopting the plan this summer.

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