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NCDOT Weighs Plans For Ramps On U.S. 70

map of a proposed change to U.S. 70
Courtesy of the NC DOT
NCDOT officials will take public comment on a plan to overhaul two intersection on U.S. 70.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is taking public comment on a plan to overhaul two busy intersections on U.S. 70.

Up to 59,400 cars travel the roadway daily, according to Project Planning Engineer Zahid Baloch. Stop lights at T. W. Alexander Drive and Brier Creek contribute to congestion, especially as cars enter from Interstate 540.

The Regional Transportation Alliance represents the business community on transportation issues. Executive Director Joe Milazzo said replacing the stoplight intersections with flowing ramp and bridge interchanges would allow vehicle and foot-traffic to run more smoothly.

"Right now, when you don't have a bridge, everybody comes at that one intersection," Milazzo said. "You've got to take turns for every one. And it's a challenging experience to cross the street. If you can get some of the traffic out of the way, and separate it on two levels, so to speak, it's a little bit easier."

The interchange proposal is part of a larger plan to create a freeway route parallel to Interstate 40. Public comment is open until May 8th.

Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
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