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NC DOT to widen and improve Andrews Store Road

Posted Tuesday, April 6, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - At its meeting on April 5, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing the NC Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund and construct the widening of a 1.55-mile section of Andrews Store Road in northeastern Chatham.

The Chatham County commissioners have been concerned about the increased traffic on this stretch of Andrews Store Road to accommodate increasing traffic as the result of new schools in that area. Not only is Briar Chapel Development in this area, but the road also serves Woods Charter School and the new Margaret B. Pollard Middle School scheduled to open this fall.

Briar Chapel Development is making road improvements as required by DOT, including improvements to the intersection of Andrews Store Road and 15-501 as well as improvements near and around the park and school sites.

The Board of Commissioners worked with DOT as well as Senator Bob Atwater and Speaker of the House Joe Hackney to get these improvements done. DOT will likely draw money from several transportation funds to cover the cost of the work.

Several months ago, the county commissioner held a community meeting regarding the park at the southeast corner of Parker Herndon and Andrews Store Road, and citizens attending this meeting expressed concerns about the condition of the road.

The project will involve widening Andrews Store Road to 24 feet, starting at US 15-501 and going west 1.55 miles, almost a half-mile west of Parker Herndon Road.

The widening of the road will tie into road work by Briar Chapel development that includes a new turn lane and additional widening.

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