Asheville - The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, May 3,
to discuss proposed changes on U.S. 321 in Caldwell County.
The proposal includes relocating Duke Street from its current intersection with U.S. 321 Alternative south to a location just north of Short Street. As part of the project, the existing at-grade rail crossing at Duke Street will be removed and a new crossing will be installed just north of Short Street. Also, a new road will extend between Duke Street and Hunters Creek Lane intersection and U.S. 321A.
The proposed improvements are expected to improve traffic operations and accommodate future traffic volumes in the area.
The meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at Granite Falls Town Hall at 30 Park Square. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the meeting. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project, however, there will be no formal presentation.
Maps displaying the location and the design of the project can be found on the NCDOT website.
The NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and other services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in the meeting. Anyone requiring services should contact Joe Laws by phone at (336) 903-9138 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org so arrangements can be made.
Road, bridge, and other transportation improvement projects like this one are currently underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.
New transportation projects in the state's current 10-year plan are funded through the Strategic Mobility Formula, a new way of more efficiently investing transportation dollars by using a data-driven scoring process along with local input to fund more projects and create more jobs. The new mobility formula was passed into law in 2013 under Governor McCrory's leadership.