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Perhaps the NC Department of Transportation just sees Chatham as a bump in the road

By Ann Jones
Posted Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - I live in Chatham and work in Cary so this Route 64 Interstate project will affect me superficially for my commute. However, it affects me most deeply in what could be lost for Chatham County.

This will affect you too. How will EMT and Fire gain access to your house quickly? Where will travelers spend money in Chatham County if they can't easily pull into your business? How it will impact Jordan Lake, your drinking water and the wildlife?

The State already built a train to get us from Raleigh to Charlotte - you and I have already paid for this. The proposed drive time for the superhighway and the existing train commute is the same - so why would the North Carolina Department of Transportation build a redundant fossil-fuel promoting highway instead of putting $325M into light rail, alternative transportation or expanded IT infrastructure? Or, educating your child?

Why does the NC Department of Transportation require this project? Whose interests are being served (follow the money)? How does NC DOT expect to fund this $325M+ road project? More gas taxes? A toll road?

Cary and Apex citizens have done a great job organizing into a group called Save64.org. See them here: http://save64.org They organized back in June 2009

Important Links:

Phase 1 and 2 of the US64 study

If you would like to contact any of the project team specifically go here

The corridor selection process (apparently Chatham County isn't a major "Activity Center")

I can't support a project like this without more answers. Perhaps the NC DOT just sees Chatham as a bump in the road.

 
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