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UPDATE! 15-501 Corridor Improvements: Facts and Observations

By Connie McAdams
Posted Friday, January 16, 2004

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Correction: My apologies for spreading inaccurate information. Some information I took to be true, was slightly incorrect. I thought the Town of Pittsboro had made a specific recommendation to DOT. In fact, according to Dave Monroe, Pittsboro Town Planner, the Town of Pittsboro has not declared a preference among any of the 10 proposed routes for the 15-501 corridor improvement project. The Town Planning Board did voice a preference for routes A, B, and C, however the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners chose not to make that recommendation to DOT. Instead they wrote to DOT expressing a general endorsement of the 15-501 Corridor Improvement project, without any preference.

"Many conflicts occur between automobiles, trucks, and pedestrians in and around the traffic circle". DOT statistics are inconsistent with this statement.

This makes little difference except it makes the odds a little better for me, and a little worse for folks on the east side of Pittsboro. I am still extremely opposed to the project for all the reasons I mentioned earlier. I just wanted to set the record straight.

Additional Fact: According to the DOT Newsletter introducing the proposed 15-501 corridor improvements, "Many conflicts occur between automobiles, trucks, and pedestrians in and around the traffic circle". DOT statistics are inconsistent with this statement. According to data provided by DOT, during the 3 year period from June 1, 2000 to May 31, 2003 there was only one incident involving a large truck (3 or more axles). There were two incidents involving pedestrians during that same period. There were only 50 total accidents on 15-501 within the Pittsboro city limits during that 3 years (an average of just over sixteen accidents, mostly minor, per year). In fact only 9 of the total
accidents occurred around the traffic circle. Over half of the 50 accidents involved property damage only, and none were fatal.

 
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