Montgomery County Commissioners decided this week to reexamine their position on the Troy bypass.
At their regular monthly meeting Tue., Dec. 16, county commissioners faced criticism from the Town of Troy’s economic development committee for not supporting the town’s desire for a redesign of the bypass to include more traditional intersections and stoplights in place of the “superstreet” design of right turns and u-turns to cross the highway.
Speaking on behalf of the town’s economic development committee, Winn Dozier asked commissioners to pull from their meeting agenda a statement that backed the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s decision to proceed with the superstreet plan. Dozier called the plan “heinous” and said it would “do irreparable harm to (Troy’s) economy.”
After some discussion, commissioners decided to table the statement and appoint commissioners Tripp Myrick and Jackie Morris to work with the town group and DOT representatives and develop an alternate statement of the county’s position on the project.
Morris expressed his belief that there continues to be much miscommunication about the facts surrounding the bypass.
No DOT representative spoke at the meeting, but project engineer Rob Stone told WMTG earlier the superstreet plan is much safer and offers more efficient traffic flow than traditional designs.
WMTG will have more details on the discussion in local updates on the air in the coming days and online at wmtg.org.