NCDOT holds input session for Allen Road widening project

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation held its second public input session on the Allen Road widening project.

The 25.4 million dollar project is set to stretch from Dickinson Avenue to Stantonsburg Road.

Thursday night’s public input session allowed the design team to hear concerns of people who work and live in the area.

Ben Crawford is the project manager working for SEPI engineering.

Crawford said they are getting closer to the construction phase that is set to start in 2020.

“That means we are preparing to go to the public, with this meeting, and we are also looking to the summer to start talking to property owners we may need to purchase property from,” Crawford said.

Designed to minimize the need of right of way, the project is expanding on the eastern side of the road.

Crawford added, “We’re seeing a lot of civic input about their personal properties and access to their property. We are also seeing concerns about the median and how that may affect traffic flow.”

This design will feature a super street intersection. That means drivers will be unable to turn left onto Allen Road from access streets.

Instead, drivers will need to turn right and make a U-turn.

One of those who attended the session was Steven Hardy-Braz of Farmville.

Hardy-Braz said, “We want a place, especially around a school here, where people can walk, ride, or be active in their communities.”

Hardy-Braz biked to Thursday’s meeting.

He said he was happy the project included bike lanes but wants the city and county to reach an agreement with the NCDOT to ensure sidewalks along the entire road.

Hardy-Braz said, “This project weaves in and out of city limits. The city is planning on agreeing to build sidewalks on both sides. When it weaves out into the county line the sidewalks disappear.”

The agreement Hardy-Braz is referencing is said to be in the works.

The Allen Road project is set to be complete in 2024.

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