Commuters get chance to voice concern

February 25, 2010 8:57:30 PM PST
The I-40, Highway 54 interchange and the clogged stretch of NC 54 into Chapel Hill was the focus of a special meeting Thursday night.The North Carolina Department of Transportation discussed development pressures within the corridor coupled with capacity issues as commuters have the chance to help shape its future.

It was the second of three workshops held to gather feedback for a traffic study that will eventually cut down congestion.

Click here to read about the study

The project manager says he's already learned a lot from citizens.

"There's a lot of concern about the widening potentially of NC 54 to the east to six lanes, the impact that it might have on neighborhoods and residential areas," Renaissance Planning Group Vice President Whit Blanton said. "There's concern about cuts through traffic skating through neighborhoods and trying to avoid the delays on 54 that was a big concern we heard."

The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization hosted the community workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Friday Center.

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