RALEIGH - The N.C. Department of Transportation along with federal, state and local officials have selected a preferred alternative for the N.C. 68 Improvement Project in Guilford County. The project will include adding turn lanes to a section of N.C. 68 between East Harrell Road and Bartonshire Drive and closing the West Harrell Road intersection with N.C. 68. These improvements will reduce the number of injury-causing crashes associated with left turns at these intersections and help traffic move more efficiently along N.C. 68.
Officials selected the preferred alternative after carefully reviewing the environmental impacts associated with each of the project options under consideration, as well as comments received from citizens at an informational workshop held in Oak Ridge in March. Officials also considered the amount of right of way that must be acquired and the total cost to complete the project. NCDOT expects to issue the Categorical Exclusion for the project by mid-2012. It details potential impacts to both the natural and human environment, and any necessary mitigation plans. A public hearing will then be held to give citizens the opportunity to review the final roadway design plans.
At this time, the project has dedicated funding for right-of-way acquisition in 2013 and for construction in 2014. These schedules are part of the department's 10-Year Program and Resource Plan, which is subject to change. For more information about the project, visit the project website. Copies of the chosen alternative for the N.C. 68 Improvement Project will also be on display in the Oak Ridge Town Hall and in the Stokesdale Town Hall for public viewing.
For additional project information, contact Karen Reynolds, NCDOT Project Planning Engineer, at 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC, 27699-1548, via telephone at (919) 707-6038 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.