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New Alternative to Improve Mobility and Safety on N.C. 87 in Bladen and Columbus Counties to be Presented at Meeting Next Week

RALEIGH -The N.C. Department of Transportation will host a public meeting called a citizens' informational workshop on Monday, May 13 to discuss a new alternative to improve safety and mobility along 30 miles of N.C. 87 from U.S. 74/76 in Columbus County to the Elizabethtown Bypass in Bladen County.

The meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Acme-Delco Elementary School, located at 16337 Old Lake Road in Riegelwood. There will not be a formal presentation.

In January and February of 2012, NCDOT presented two options to improve this route at public hearings. Alternative A would widen existing N.C. 87 from the Elizabethtown Bypass to U.S. 74/76 along the existing N.C. 87 route. Alternative B would widen existing N.C. 87 from the Elizabethtown Bypass to N.C. 11, rerouting N.C. 87 along N.C. 11 and continuing east to the existing U.S. 74/76/N.C. 87 intersection.

In response to citizens' concerns, NCDOT is now considering building a bypass around Riegelwood as part of Alternative A. This bypass would extend from the east side of Riegelwood from south of Old N.C. 87 to near Old Lake Road. Additional right-of-way acquisition and the relocation of homes and businesses would be required for this project.

Interested individuals may attend this informal workshop any time between 4 and 7 p.m. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments. Comments and information received will be taken into consideration as work on the project develops.

For more information, contact Kim Gillespie, NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit, at (919) 707-6023 or klgillespie@ncdot.gov.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Gillespie as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

***NCDOT***

2/19/2018 7:50 AM

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