A private company has approached the N.C. Department of Transportation
about creating a wetland along Devil's Racetrack Road, a state-maintained road near Four Oaks in Johnston County. As a part of this request, NCDOT is requiring the company, Wildlands Engineering Inc. of Charlottesville, Va., Charlotte and Raleigh, to hold a public meeting with local residents to answer questions about the proposal.The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Four Oaks Town Hall, located at 304 North Main Street in Four Oaks. NCDOT staff will also be in attendance to answer any questions.To create a wetland, Wildlands Engineering Inc. has requested permission to replace an existing culvert under Devil's Racetrack Road between Rose Dairy Road and Patsy Road, east of U.S. 701, with a wider and shallower box culvert. Because this is a state-maintained road, NCDOT will provide a project inspector for the project; however, the work will be done and paid for by Wildlands Engineering Inc. The Devil's Racetrack Road area is primarily comprised of farmland with low ditches along the road. The new culvert would increase the amount of drainage capacity under Devil's Racetrack Road. NCDOT has reviewed the proposed project and determined that this would not cause any negative impacts to Devil's Racetrack Road.For more information, contact the NCDOT District Engineer's office at (919) 731-7938.