Public hearing set for road safety concerns

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A public hearing on safety issues at Bert Martin Road and N.C. Highway 55 will be held before the Mount Olive Town Board of Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 7.

The town will look at safety concerns raised by citizens in April.

The concern targeted Bert Martin Road at N.C. Highway 55, just west of Breazeale Avenue.

Mayor Joe Scott at that time told the group of citizens he would forward their concerns to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Since that time, DOT has come up with a proposal to remedy the safety concerns of traffic at Bert Martin Road trying to make east and west turns onto Highway 55.

There is a traffic bottleneck in that area due to traffic entering and exiting the nearby Walmart Supercenter.

DOT is proposing that traffic entering onto 55 off Bert Martin Road no longer be allowed to make a left turn onto the highway to travel east. Instead, drivers would have to make a right turn and travel down the highway a short distance until they are able to make a U-turn to go east.

The other entrance onto Highway 55 is across the highway.

Traffic entering Highway 55 from the Shoe Show area would not be allowed to make a left turn to travel west. Instead, that traffic would have to make a right turn and travel east a short distance before making a U-turn to travel west.

There is no action to be taken on the issue by the town board at the public hearing, but Scott said he feels residents need to be made aware of the state’s proposal to their concerns.

Town Manager Charles Brown said he does expect the board to pass a resolution either supporting or not supporting the state’s proposal.

The board meets at town hall at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month.

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