State wants roundabout to address traffic
Discussions on the local and state level continue over the best way to solve traffic problems on Potters Road. Stallings Town Manager Brian Matthews gave the town council an update on the project during their Monday, Sept. 12 meeting.
“Initially, NCDOT wanted more information from us to consider a new intersection on Monroe Road, one our engineers felt would support a roundabout on Pleasant Plains,” Matthews said. “Unfortunately, we learned later the information NCDOT needed was not readily available.”
In order to collect the data the state had requested, Matthews said, the firm of Kimley Horn would have to perform that work at an additional cost to the town.
Originally, the project was slated to add left turn lanes to the approaches to the Pleasant Plains and Potters Road intersection to address safety. The estimated price tag came in at $907,500 with $825,000 coming from High Hazard Elimination Funds.
“NCDOT’s planning branch does not feel a single lane roundabout will last a good enough length of time but they also recognize that standard intersection improvements won’t last either,” Matthews said. What came back is an idea that the state can support a single lane roundabout, with right of way set aside to later expand to two lanes.
Other improvements, such as the widening of Monroe Road and the McKee Road Extension, will help alleviate traffic and could make a roundabout feasible.
Thanks to some changes at the state level, funding for the project won’t be available until 2013, unless the town is willing to pay now and be reimbursed.
“It’s about $2 million we would have to advance,” Matthews said. “NCDOT would want a commitment from the town.”
No decisions were made during the meeting, as staff members continue to collect information from NCDOT.