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Currently, there are large amounts of traffic on U.S. 15/501 passing through the
intersection of Erwin Road/ Europa Drive. The combined factors of heavy traffic
flow on U.S. 15/501 and the current traffic flow to/from businesses in the area
have raised concerns for motorist and pedestrian safety. The constant
congestion results in multiple back-ups and long delays in traffic movement;
moreover, constant idling results in higher vehicle emissions.
- Project end result - U.S. 15/501 will be widened and the current intersection at Europa Drive/Erwin
Road will be removed. Two u-turn points will be placed approximately 800 feet
north and south of the current intersection on U.S. 15/501. The u-turns will
redirect traffic flow, creating an elongated traffic circle to better handle
traffic at the intersection.
- Benefits of the project - The "Superstreet" project will
reduce traffic congestion on U.S. 15/501 at the intersection of Erwin
Road/ Europa Drive during peak hours of travel. A new bike trail and
pedestrian crosswalk will also be added to the intersection.
- Closures, detours, and/or delays - Dobbins Drive between
Sage Road and Erwin Road will be closed for about six months. This section of
Dobbins Drive will be reconstructed further away from U.S. 15/501 South.
During construction, no lanes will be closed on U.S.
15/501 during peak travel hours (i.e. morning commute, daytime, evening
commute, etc.) . Construction will not effect travel on holidays and
during any major events in the area. Construction crews will also use
devices such as message boards, to advise motorists traveling through the
area of traffic conditions.
- Public involvement - City representatives have been
involved in the planning stages of the project. Local residents and
businesses have been informed by informational flyers and handouts as
well as press releases sent to local media outlets. A public
information meeting was held on July 13, 2006 for local residents
and business representatives.
If you would like to receive e-mail updates about this project or have a general project question:
Resident Engineer, Donnie Huffines