The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in support of a $1.225 million improvement project for the intersection of N.C. 16 and Optimist Club Road at its Feb. 5 meeting. Here’s a closer look at what’s going on and what to expect for the intersection.

What is it? The North Carolina Department of Transportation agreed to help fund a road improvement project for N.C. 16 and Optimist Club Road, which will include installing a light signal, extending turn lanes and additional signage.

When will the improvements be made? Construction for the project is slated to begin March 2019, and it shouldn't take more than six months to complete, according to Lincoln County Director of Planning and Inspections Andrew Bryant.

What percentage of the funding comes from Lincoln County’s budget? The county will not be funding this project.

Where is the money coming from? The developers of Rivercross and Wildbrook subdivisions – which will be  built near N.C. 16 Business, Optimist Club Road, Rufus Road and Triangle Circle – will donate a combined $250,000, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation is funding the rest.

Explanation: According to Bryant, the project should allow drivers from side streets to have better access to N.C. 16, especially from the Rufus Road, Optimist Club Road and Triangle Circle area where the Rivercross and Wildbrook developments are slated to be built. About 600 homes are expected to be built between the communities, with Rivercross offering single family homes, duplexes, apartments and some business and retail space. Bryant said NCDOT saw the improvements as a need, considering the amount of traffic the new developments will generate in that area. And because of it’s “relatively low cost,” and “high impact,” according to Bryant, it was pushed forward on the NCDOT’s list of projects. Bryant said a draft for the intersection improvements hasn’t been created yet, but more information will be available in the coming weeks.

 

QUOTE:  “(This is a good example of) really levering the developing communities to help the department of transportation to get something done … the quarter of a million dollars is what really pushed this project over the edge and is what’s going to get it started.” – Bryant when announcing the project to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners earlier this month.

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