Road requests remain similar in region

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

Finishing a western outer loop of Henderson remains the top priority for roads, according to the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments transportation planner.

Just as in 2011, the extension of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from Old County Home Road to the U.S. 1 bypass tops Vance County’s list. It placed all of its scoring points for the Kerr-Tar region into the project.

At a recent regional transportation meeting, the Kerr-Tar region distributed its 1,300 points for priorities given to the N.C. Department of Transportation. There was little change from two years ago, and public input will be sought in January.

Mike Ciriello, the Kerr-Tar Council of Governments transportation planner, met with a technical coordinating committee inclusive of transportation engineering experts and an advisory committee of elected officials. The Kerr-Tar region includes Vance, Granville, Warren, Person and Franklin counties.

“We will have a period of public comment in January on that list,” Ciriello said. “It’s an opportunity for the public to see what’s on the list and to understand how the process works. The list will then be submitted to the NCDOT by the end of January.”

Projects are ranked and scored accordingly, then ranked against other regions across the state in a competitive system.

“Part of the process is we score projects locally and then pass them on to the state,” Ciriello said. “We are limited to 20 projects.”

The Kerr-Tar region received 1,300 points for its scoring system, with each county of the region getting the ability to allocate 100 of those points.

The DOT gets the list in late January.

“County and municipal leaders in each county of our region have worked together on it,” Ciriello said.

Gone from the list was a potential plan was work to Dabney Drive and Corbitt Road creating one-way thoroughfares.

Sixth on the list and involving Vance County was widening Warrenton Road, State Road 1001, from Henderson to Warrenton. The project would create a modern 12-foot width on what is a tight road with little shoulder now.

Granville County assigned points outside the region to a project with Wake County involving Interstate 540 and N.C. 98. Granville is also seeking to improve the pavement and add bicycle lanes to part of U.S. 15.

An interchange upgrade to I-85 and U.S. 1 to remove heavy truck traffic from roads in Henderson is also on the list.

Projects have measures for qualitative, meaning voiced input, and quantitative, meaning technical data.

The list includes large-scale projects, as opposed to repair and maintenance projects. Input can be made to Kerr-Tar at (252) 436-2040 or online at kerrtarcog.org.

 

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.