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Division Project Scoring - Public Comment/Public Hearing

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The NBAMPO TCC and TAC boards met on Thursday, October 25th, 2018, approving  preliminary point assignments for all Division Projects.  This document can be viewed by clicking the link below, or on the "Projects Prioritization & TIP" tab.

The public comment period for these projects runs from October 25th, 2018 through November 26th, 2018.  Comments on projects can be submitted to NBAMPO staff in writing, in person or over the phone.  Contact information is found on the website under the "About Us" tab.

The TAC will hold a public hearing on the Division points assignments during a specially called meeting on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at 303 First Street, New Bern, NC.

Your comments are welcomed!

Division Projects Points Assignments

Public Hearing Notice

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  1. Ronald Sage's avatar
    Ronald Sage
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    H150847-A, which is along US 17 Alternate (MLK Jr. Blvd), specifically between Hwy 70 and SR 1278 (Trent Road), Limit turning movements of cross-streets - Request the Congestion management Team recommend an appropriate concept based on their expertise (cost $39M). <br /> Between South Glenburnie Road and Trent Road, along US 17 Alternate (MLK Jr. Blvd) has had a recent traffic based realignment performed and constructed as a result of the new shopping center addition (New Bern Market Place). I believe this should be reclassified to only address that area between Hwy 70 and South Glenburnie Road. At a cost of $39M to be asking for experts to ‘look and recommend’ is simply not money well spent. Seek out that same company that performed the traffic study to the New Bern Market Place shopping center that made recommendations for traffic flow improvements, and use their cost analysis expenditure as an earmark guideline. I don’t believe it was $39M. <br /> Until this can be completed, I don’t believe this project should progress further and take valuable points that can be used for other projects.
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    H171945, which is along Airport Road, specifically at Terminal Drive/Clermont Road, to construct a roundabout at the intersection (cost $1.6M). <br /> Without addressing all the needs of the traffic along Airport Road, that includes this Airport entry/exit point, I believe, is a waste of monies and time and efforts.<br /> <br /> In a previous conversation with the County and NB MPO, there was discussion about widening Airport Road, from the Hwy 70 intersection to Lagoon Road. In that conversation, plans were shown that would widen this section to 4 lanes: Traveling East (towards the physical airport): 1) a new separate outside travel lane earmarked just for a right hand turn onto Terminal Drive/Clermont Road off Airport Road; 2) an exit out of Terminal Drive/Clermont Road with its own merge lane onto Airport Road. This could be (perfect world scenario) purchasing those vacant properties along Airport road across from Lagoon Road, then construct a new exit point off Terminal Drive that crosses Clermont Road (adding a new T intersection here) at this new intersection; 3) a separate median left hand turn lane onto Lagoon Road off Airport Road. Traveling West (towards Hwy 70): 4) at Lagoon Road, add a separate turn lane off Lagoon Road and onto Airport Road. This will merge back into the existing Airport Road before the Terminal Drive/Clermont Road intersection; 5) (in a perfect world) from a newly created intersection here at Lagoon Road/Airport Road/Terminal Drive, create a center merge lane that can receive traffic turning left out of Terminal Drive and then allowed to merge into Airport Road before the present Terminal Drive/Clermont Road intersection; 6) at the Landmark Apartment complex entry/exit section of Airport Road, widen this choke point of Airport Road by adding an outside lane for through traffic. This can be done by continuing the turn lane off of Lagoon Road; 7) as Clermont Road/Terminal Drive exits onto Airport Road, add a center merge lane here for left hand turn traffic out of Clermont Road, that can merge back onto Airport Road.<br /> <br /> Until this addressing traffic along Airport Road can be completed, I don’t believe this project should progress further and take valuable points that can be used for other projects.
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    R150845, NS EC Line, Relocation of rail corridor around New Bern. GTP to MHC Mobility Corridor - New Bern Bypass (cost $336.8M). <br /> Until the Railroad is ready to do this, I don’t agree with allocating points to this project because it is so far off on anyone’s radar, that these points can be redistributed to other more valuable area projects.
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    B141416, SR 1220 (Racetrack Drive), between Elizabeth Avenue and Hunter's Landing Drive, to Construct Sidewalks along road (cost $424,038). <br /> Currently this project has not been scored.<br /> Even though Bike/Ped is not popular with NCDOT, and given the fact that these type projects don’t score as well as they do for motor vehicles and trains, I believe we show that need for this type project anyway. Show how this fits in the Division need (score 17.94) vs some of the other aforementioned projects with lower Division score needs. Show that this project would tie in with the previously used Safe Routes to Schools monies previously used within the State. Show how this ties in with the area School, of which a good percentage of students walk to school every day. This would/could then also show the tie in of an area sidewalk that ends/butts at Racetrack Road because there is no continuation. Show this in not a standalone project, but a continuation/local tie together sidewalk project. For the small amount of not even $500K, vs the larger projects escalating to $40M, this could be an easy Win for the Division.
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    H170102, SR 1309 (Glenburnie), between McCarthy Boulevard and the US Hwy 70 exit/on ramps to South Glenburnie Road (not to Elizabeth Ave). <br /> This project should be investigated to actually show the need to have this project scored in the needed placement. Also, a bike/ped project can be tied to this as there is a large need to extend the sidewalk/multi-use path, from Elizabeth Ave to the College Court/McCarthy Blvd. intersection. Show how this fits in the Division need (score 21.56) vs some of the other aforementioned projects with lower Division score needs. Then, a review of the ped project can be added, with score, to help increase the need for these two tie-together projects.
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