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Here’s how to see NCDOT’s plans for widening Falls of Neuse Road

The N.C. Department of Transportation will present two options for widening a one-mile stretch of Falls of Neuse Road at a meeting in North Raleigh on Thursday.
The N.C. Department of Transportation will present two options for widening a one-mile stretch of Falls of Neuse Road at a meeting in North Raleigh on Thursday. rwillett@newsobserver.com

People who travel Falls of Neuse Road north of Interstate 540 will be able to learn about the state’s plans to widen the road at a meeting on Thursday.

NCDOT plans to widen Falls of Neuse to three lanes and add a new median from I-540 to just north of Durant Road to ease congestion. Most of that one-mile stretch of road now has two thru-travel lanes with turn lanes.

DOT officials will present two options: one that would widen the road primarily on the east side and the other primarily on the west side. The east-side option would mean relocating a Duke Energy power line, while the west-side option would likely cost the state more to acquire the right of way.

The projected construction cost for both options is $7.7 million.

NCDOT officials will present the two options and answer questions from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Abbotts Creek Community Center at 9950 Durant Road in North Raleigh. Maps of the project are posted on Page 2 of the public meetings section of the NCDOT website, www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings/.

People can submit written comments on the project at the meeting or send them to NCDOT by Sept. 7. Construction is not expected to begin until the fall of 2019.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling

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