Murchison Road set to widen as main Fort Bragg gateway

January 28, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
In Fayetteville, people who live and work along Murchison Road are asking for progress, but at what price.

The state plans to widen the thoroughfare and make it a gateway into Fort Bragg.

However, a lot of residents are worried the project will ruin their community.

There is a lot at stake for property owners along Murchison Road. On Tuesday, they got a chance to give some input into the future plans for the corridor.

Residents at the meeting said they imagine the stretch of Murchison Road turning into Interstate 40 between Raleigh and Durham or like Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, once Bragg Blvd closes traffic through Fort Bragg.

State highway officials are considering a plan to widen Murchison Road, but with restricted turn lanes.

Business owners like Stan Gainey, do not agree with that idea, because it is dangerous.

"I see rear end collisions and that scares me," Gainey said. "The growth here on Murchison Road is great, but how they do it is the key."

The consultants hired by the city to develop future economic and land use plans for Murchison Road say they will include traffic plans; they just also want to hear residents' ideas.

"I think we are definitely making some stride in the right direction, this is something the community has been calling for, for a long time," business owner, Chris Harris said.