If you drive U.S. 64 in Siler City, the N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear your thoughts on its plans to remake a 3-mile stretch of the road through town.
NCDOT wants to make U.S. 64 safer by adding sidewalks, crosswalks and a median. The department will show off its plans and get feedback at a public meeting in Siler City on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
U.S. 64 passes through the commercial strip on the north side of town and is five lanes wide, including a two-way center turn lane. NCDOT wants to replace that center lane with a median and occasional left-turn lanes where drivers can make U-turns if necessary to reach businesses and homes on the other side of the street. DOT engineers say the changes would improve traffic flow, reduce accidents and make it easier for pedestrians to walk along and across the street.
Construction on the $11 million project isn’t scheduled to begin until 2020.
Diagrams of the proposed changes can be found under “Proposed Improvements to U.S. 64 from North Glenn Avenue to east of U.S. 421” at www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings/. The public open house will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Paul Braxton Gymnasium, 115 South Third Ave. in Siler City.
NCDOT will accept comments about the proposal until Dec. 14. They should be sent to Alison Kluttz, the project development engineer, at 902 North Sandhills Blvd., Aberdeen, N.C., 28315 or email@example.com or by calling 910-944-2344, ext. 255.