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County to look at roadway plan

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

The future of some of Lincoln County’s roadways will be up for discussion tonight, when the Board of Commissioners is set to receive an update on the status of the Lincolnton Comprehensive Transportation Plan from a North Carolina Department of Transportation official.
Linda Dosse, of the NCDOT’s Transportation Planning Branch, will present the plan as it currently stands to receive feedback on its initial ideas for highway improvements, prior to a public workshop later this month.
The Lincolnton CTP, a joint effort between the city, county, Lake Norman RPO and NCDOT, was started in 2010 and will also be reviewed by the Lincolnton City Council in advance of it going before the public.
It will replace the current plan, adopted in 1996, and some areas of the Lincoln County CTP, which was approved six years ago.
Some of the primary changes in recommendations in the proposed plan include keeping U.S. 321 four lanes, as opposed to the current plan’s recommendation that it be widened to six, extending Roper Road to Maiden Highway and changing the proposed cross section of Generals Boulevard, N.C. 27 West and East Main Street (between Generals Boulevard and N.C. 150) to include medians for safety and mobility purposes, according to a memo from Dosse to county officials.
The plan also calls for minor widening projects on several roadways, including U.S. 321 Business, part of N.C. 150/Old Cherryville Highway, Buffalo Shoals Road, Salem Church Road and Grove Street. Also included is a recommendation for three lanes between N.C. 150 and Asbury Church Road and two lanes from Asbury Church to Devine Road, as well as three lanes from Dixon Street to U.S. 321 Business.
While the current plan calls for several road extensions, the new plan does not carry forward those recommendations due to lack of feasibility or demand.
Following the public workshop, a 30-day comment period will be conducted in December, after which any necessary revisions will be made before the plan goes before both the city and county again for adoption in January.
For more information on the proposed Lincolnton CTP, visit: http://www.ncdot.org/doh/preconstruct/tpb/planning/LincolntonCTP.html.
Other items on tonight’s Board of Commission meeting agenda include:
Commissioners will consider adopting the Lincoln County Farmland Protection Plan.
Commissioners will weigh amending the Lincoln County Emergency Management Ordinance.
Commissioners will consider an amendment ordinance to regulate and establish penalties for false alarms in Lincoln County.
Commissioners will consider an amendment ordinance regarding the carrying of concealed handguns on county property.
Commissioner Jim Klein will present highlights from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners board meeting.
Public hearings will be conducted on zoning cases, including a request for an existing house to be used as an office at 6608 Campground Road, a request to permit vehicle and boat service and sales at 3840 N. N.C. 16 and a request to permit building-material sales on the north side of N.C. 16 Business, between its intersections with Denver Industrial Park Road, all in Catawba Springs Township.
The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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