Plans to widen N.C. 211 in Aberdeen have been revised, specifically where the Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad crosses the highway near the Pee Dee Road intersection.
The public will have the opportunity to review these changes at a drop-in information session scheduled Tuesday, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Aberdeen Recreation Station, 301 Lake Park Crossing in Aberdeen. Project staff will be on-hand to answer questions and collect feedback, but no formal presentations are planned.
DOT officials presented conceptual designs for the 15.4 mile long road-widening project on N.C. 211, from Aberdeen to Raeford, at a public meeting held at Aberdeen Elementary School last July. Since then, the proposed alignment of N.C. 211 at the railroad crossing in Aberdeen has been revised.
“During the planning process we discovered some sites that we had not initially been aware of that we needed to avoid,” said Elmo Vance, DOT project manager.
Some adjustments were made to the north of the existing railroad crossing which changed some of expected impacts to local property owners. Those individuals have been contacted directly by DOT and included in a mailing that announced the upcoming small group meeting.
According to data projections, traffic volume on this corridor is expected to increase more than 60 percent by 2040. The road also has higher than average crash rates, with approximately 450 crashes reported in a five-year period.
The proposed widening improvements to N.C. 211 date back to a feasibility study completed in 1990 and updated in 2002.
The $152 million dollar fix proposed includes flattening hills and valleys, limiting turn access, redesigning several intersections, and building a new bridge over the railroad tracks just east of Central Drive in Aberdeen.
Through the Aberdeen section, where there is very little undeveloped land, plans call for a 30-foot raised grass median. The widened highway will maintain the existing 45 mph posted speed limit. Once the project area reaches the Hoke County line, the proposed median widens to 46-feet and the speed limit increases to 55 mph.
Right-of-way and acquisition work is expected to begin in late 2023, based on an updated timeline announced last summer.
The expanded right-of-way areas will create substantial impacts to property owners in Hoke and Moore counties, to include relocation of approximately 93 homes, 16 businesses, eight churches and three community facilities, including a utility substation.
Lesser impacts are anticipated on four cemeteries, 20 acres of conservation properties, and four acres of wetlands. DOT officials have said as their plans continue to be refined, they hope some of these impacts can be reduced or mitigated.
For more information please contact Elmo Vance, NCDOT Project Manager, at 919-707-6048 or NCfirstname.lastname@example.org.