Response to Written Comments
In February 2018, the N.C. Department of Transportation released responses to written questions and comments received in summer 2017 after a July 31, 2017 public meeting about the proposed widening of Fire Tower and Portertown roads.
In January 2017, NCDOT released responses to written questions and comments received during a fall 2016 public meeting and comment period.
Project Design Refinements
NCDOT and the consultant project team continued to refine project designs through January 2018 in response to public input received as a result of the July 2017 public meeting as well as information gained from additional studies, including traffic and noise analysis.
An environmental document detailing the studies was released in July 2018.
Geotechnical Investigations Conducted
In October 2016, NCDOT consultant Engineering Consulting Services conducted geotechnical investigations along the Fire Tower Road and Portertown Road corridor. The information gathered was used to evaluate soils for their potential suitability for pavement, retaining walls and other structures for this project.