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Scotland County Public Meeting Scheduled for Proposed Improvements to U.S. 74

RALEIGH- The N.C. Department of Transportationwill hold an informalpublic meetingon Monday,Oct. 26, about proposed enhancements to the Andrew Jackson Highway (U.S. 74)in Laurel Hill.

Theproject wouldimprove safety and mobilityalong U.S. 74from Old Wire Road/ N.C. 144to Armstrong Roadby changing two intersections, one at Ida Mill Road and the other at Old Wire Road/ N.C. 144, to synchronized streets.Synchronized streets reduce the number of conflictpoints between vehicles, whichreduces the risk of severe right-angle (T-bone) crashes, especially for side-street drivers who are turning left or crossing all lanes of traffic.

The synchronized street design improves travel flow and safety by redirecting side-street travel. At a traditional intersection, a side-street driver must look both ways to cross a divided highway, and there are more threats to left-turning drivers. A driver wanting to cross a synchronized street from a side street only has to focus on one direction of traffic at a time, as only right turns are allowed. Drivers can then make a U-Turn at a designated spot on the road, and proceed in the opposite direction on the main road or access the right turn to continue on the side street.

The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Carver Middle School Cafeteria at 18601 Fieldcrest Road in Laurel Hill.

NCDOT representatives will be available during the open-house style setting to provide information, answer questions and collect comments regarding the proposed project. Citizens are welcome to attend at any time during the meeting hours, as there will not be a formal presentation. Public comments will also be accepted through Nov. 9.

For additional information, contact Kelly Becker, NCDOT Transportation Mobility & SafetyDivision, at 1561 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1561, by phone at (919) 773-2890 or emailklbecker@ncdot.gov.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contactAnamika Laad at 919-707-6072 oralaad@ncdot.govas early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

Aquellas personas que hablan espaol y no hablan ingls, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender ingls, podran recibir servicios de interpretacin si los solicitan antes de la reunin llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

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2/15/2018 5:21 PM