Updated Oct. 31, 2014, 10:47 a.m.
A state transportation engineer has responded to concerns raised by the design of the planned N.C. Hwy. 24/27 Troy bypass.
In a resolution adopted Oct. 20, Troy Town Commissioners called on the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to add stoplights to every intersection on the new bypass. The future of local businesses and the possibility of job loss were among the reasons cited.
In an Oct. 30 letter addressed to Troy Mayor Roy Maness, NCDOT Division Engineer R. W. Stowe maintained the “Superstreet” design offers the best combination of traffic movement, accident prevention and efficient use of taxpayer money. Stowe said his office has “recommended keeping the proposed Superstreet design … as shown on the plans.”
In recent weeks, some Troy residents have raised concerns that local businesses will suffer from a lack of easy access to the business district and that through traffic on Pekin Rd. will be inconvenienced by the need to make u-turns to cross the new highway. Stowe said stop lights and other features already in the plans will facilitate easy access to Troy from either end of the bypass, and the current design of the intersection at Pekin Rd. is safer because it eliminates the need to cross several lanes of traffic at once.
Stowe did offer some suggestions for signage that could help increase visibility of local business and services.