08/08/08 — Wayne County approves annual secondary road projects

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Wayne County approves annual secondary road projects

By Steve Herring
Published in News on August 8, 2008 1:38 PM

Wayne County Commissioners approved $1.427 million in proposed secondary road projects this week.

State highway officials annually present their proposed secondary road project plan to county officials for approval.

The projects will affect 2.2 miles of rural road, including two widening projects and one turn-lane addition.

Board approval followed a brief public hearing at which no one spoke.

There also was no comment at a second public hearing, this one concerning $244,295 in Rural Operating Assistance Program funding.

Commissioners approved the ROAP funding that will be earmarked as a supplement for the Goldsboro-Wayne Transportation Authority's GATEWAY public transportation system.

ROAP includes:

* $110,700 from the Elderly and Disabled Transportation Assistance Program that provides operating assistance for the transportation of the elderly and disabled;

* $31,790 from the Employment Transportation Assistance Program to provide operating assistance for transitional Work First, Workforce Development programs and general public employment transportation needs;

* $101,805 from the Rural General Public Program to provide transportation service for people who are not clients of a human services agency.

Tim Little, N.C. Department of Transportation district engineer, reminded commissioners that the secondary road program is subject to funding availability, right of way and environmental review.

If right of way is unavailable on any of the projects or if additional funding is available, the program will be continued in priority order, he said.

The road program includes two widening projects -- one on Grantham School Road and the second on Thoroughfare Road.

A 1.65-mile stretch of Grantham School Road would be widened from O'Berry Road north to the bridge. The cost would be $200,000.

A 1.72-mile section of Thoroughfare Road would be widened between secondary roads 1709 and 1713 at a cost of $150,000.

A right-turn lane is to be built at Country Day Road and N.C. 111 at a cost of $150,000.

Other paving projects include Manley Grove Church Road between Corbett Hill Road and Slapout Road, six-tenths of a mile, $90,000; and secondary road 1973 (the old secondary road 1909) between secondary roads 1910 and 1909 (four-tenths of a mile), $160,000.

Also on the list is the replacement of a pipe on Manley Grove Church Road and replacement of aluminum arch pipes, $90,000; and installation of 200 linear feet of 15-inch pipe to improve drainage on Main Street in Seven Springs, $25,000.

An additional $200,000 is earmarked for a contingency fund for surveys, rights of way, fire department/rescue driveways and overdrafts.

Another $350,000 is set aside for a maintenance fund to supplement activities such as shoulder repair, spot stabilization, pipe replacement, safety projects, industrial access and similar projects.