Wednesday 16 Oct 2019

NCDOT Plans Public Meeting On E. Ash Street Project

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants the public’s feedback on a proposal to widen a section of East Ash Street to four lanes on Goldsboro’s east side.

People are invited to look at the preliminary design maps, ask questions and provide comments during an April 23 public meeting. The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Greenwood Middle School Cafeteria at 3209 E. Ash St. People may attend any time, as no formal presentation will be made.

The Goldsboro Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, whose advisory board includes locally elected officials, requested NCDOT to widen East Ash Street (U.S. 70 Business) between Berkeley Boulevard and U.S 70. The project scored high enough to receive funding and be included in the department’s State Transportation Improvement Program.

The department would widen what is now a three-lane road into four lanes separated by a median. To further improve safety and traffic flow, roundabouts would be constructed at Malloy Street; Oak Forest Road; and Commercial Drive/Meadow Road. Roundabouts reduce the risk of crashes, especially serious ones, because drivers slow down to about 15 mph and travel in one direction when driving through them; the design also eliminates the stop-and-go nature of a conventional intersection.

More information as it becomes available will be posted at this NCDOT website.

People who can’t attend the open house may send questions or comments to Russell Broadwell, an NCDOT Division 4 project manager, at P.O. Box 3165, Wilson, N.C. 27895; [email protected]; or 252-640-6409.

Comments received by May 8 will be considered toward the final design. Construction is slated to start in 2021.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled people who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Samantha Borges at [email protected] or 919-707-6115 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.

People who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

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