The informal meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Laurel Hill Community Recreation Center, located at 14940 Church St. in Laurel Hill. Citizens are invited to drop in and speak individually with NCDOT officials about project plans, as well as view maps of the proposed project. Comments received during the workshop will be considered as project plans are refined. There will not be a formal presentation.
NCDOT proposes to replace bridge no. 23 on U.S. 74 over Gum Swamp Creek. The proposed design involves the following:
• Replacement of the westbound structure on U.S. 74; U.S. 74 has been designated a Strategic Highway Corridor (SHC) and it is proposed to become the future 1-74; and
• Closing the existing median crossover at the intersections of Devon Drive and Devon Court and U.S. 74.
Two lanes of westbound traffic will be maintained with a two-lane, one-way detour in the median while the work is in progress.
Built in 1938, the bridge has been designated as functionally obsolete due to its age, condition and maintenance costs. A bridge is functionally obsolete when its layout no longer meets current standards for width, shoulders or rails. Currently, there are 23,000 vehicles per day traveling across the bridge and this number is expected to increase to 45,000 by 2035.
Construction is scheduled for 2012.
For more information, contact Natalie Lockhart at (919) 850-2187, via e-mail at email@example.com or via fax at (919) 431-2002. Citizens may also write, referencing Transportation Improvement Program project number B-4817, to
NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis Branch
1598 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1598