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Neighbors Encouraged to Help Plan Their Future

Where are the projected pockets of growth along NC 73? Which portions of NC 73 are most in need of widening? Sidewalks? Bicycle lanes? Other improvements? And how could these improvements affect everyday life? Those are just a few of the questions residents of the NC 73 Corridor and others who travel along NC 73 may have. It’s important that they get answers and give input, as the NC 73 study will affect them directly. “The NCDOT is looking for new ways to perform traditional tasks such as the reduction of congestion, the improvement operational efficiency, and the coordination of project planning. We see the NC 73 Corridor Study as one opportunity to this. But, the NCDOT and the local governments along the corridor cannot do this without help from those who travel NC 73 every day. Citizen participation in the process is important to the success of the NC 73 Transportation/Land Use Corridor Study, says Linda Dosse, of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.” Although public input meetings won’t begin until the fall of 2003, it’s important that residents and other interested parties along the corridor begin to make plans to voice their opinions; the future of their communities is at stake. The NC 73 Corridor Study will take a look at long-term needs of the highways along a 35-mile stretch that extends from Kannapolis/Concord in Cabarrus County, through Cornelius and Huntersville in Mecklenburg County, to Lincolnton in Lincoln County. Centralina Council of Governments (COG), the North Carolina Department of Transportation and representatives from sixteen local governments and organizations, are meeting with HNTB, a national land use and transportation consulting firm, to determine a long-range vision for NC 73. The public meetings are scheduled for November 18; Cabarrus County, November 19; Lincoln County and November 20; Mecklenburg County. To learn more about the NC 73 Transportation/Land Use Study, upcoming meetings or to interview participants, contact HNTB at 704-372-8020 or Tom Sawyer Company at 1-888-729-9373 or tomsawyercompany@aol.com .