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15-501 Corridor Maps

By Connie V McAdams
Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2004

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There was a recent reference to a DOT website showing transportation maps. If you go to that site (see link to the right) and click through Division 8 project map, and then TIP # R-2628, you will find a map of a proposed bypass route around the east side of Pittsboro. This is NOT the same map that was mailed out to property owners and displayed at the Citizens Informational Workshop in November 2003.

The large map displayed at the Citizens Informational Workshop is available for review in the town hall located on Hwy 64 in Pittsboro across from the Food Lion

The map provided to us last fall contains 10 proposed routes, A-J. A-D go around the west side of Pittsboro, E follows the current route of 15-501 through the middle of town, and F-J go around the east side of town. All pass somewhere within the city limits except A,B, and C.

Back in November I contacted Theresa Ellerby, DOT Project Manager about the discrepancy between the two maps. Theresa forwarded my question to Bonnie Peacock, ARCADIS Project Manger, and this was her response:

" I have looked at the map you reference on the NCDOT website. It appears that this map was developed for proposed project planning purposes only. The map has not been updated to reflect the ten preliminary study corridors represented at the November 6, 2003 Citizens Informational Workshop. At this time, NCDOT has not dedicated a website specifically to this project. Therefore, the map you viewed may not be updated to show all ten of the preliminary study corridors. The red line to the east simply represents a potential route developed with the inception of this project. Because NCDOT is in the very early stages of project planning, no route has been selected as a preferred route and seeing this line on the map is not an indication of where the proposed route will be located.

At this time, we do not have an electronic version or hard copy map to provide to individuals. However, the large map displayed at the Citizens Informational Workshop is available for review in the town hall located on Hwy 64 in Pittsboro across from the Food Lion. You may go to the town hall and view the preliminary study corridors at your convenience."

I received additional information today from Theresa Ellerby. This is what she said: "We have received comments from the workshop and have compiled those. Environmental studies are underway at this time. The information from the workshop and the environmental studies will be used to determine which alternatives should be taken forward to detailed study or eliminated. We have not eliminated any alternative at this time.

We are beginning to work on developing a website for the project. Most of the initial information on the website will probably be the information presented at the workshop."

I'll share website info with the Chatlist as soon as I know about it. I only hope it will include an accurate map.

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15-501 Corridor Maps

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