Building a new road is never a simple thing. Without fail someone’s land will be impacted. Some will have to give up their land. Someone else will see a windfall because the new road increases the value of their property. There are red routes and orange routes, lilac routes and blue routes.
The path of the remaining section of the 540 loop around Raleigh remains undetermined but the process is moving forward. Engineers have completed a study of how all the different options will affect the environment – not only the natural environment, but the man-made environment as well.
Now it’s time for the public to have its say. There is a general concensus – though it is not unanimous – that the proposed orange route would best serve Garner. But what do you think? Do you buy that argument? Is there a reason why another route would be better? Do you want to ask questions or explain special extenuating circumstances that may not have been brought to light in all the study that’s been done?
We all have that chance next month, when the N.C. Department of Transportation hosts a trio of public meetings to ge input from residents. Those meetings, on Dec. 7, 8 and 9, give us a chance to participate in the government decision-making process. If we don’t take advantage of that opportunity, well, we deserve what we get.