A Step Closer To Widening U.S. 64

The N.C. Department of Transportation says in order to pave the way to widen U.S. 64 between Columbia and U.S. 264, crews have started studying wildlife travel patterns.

Widening the highway would make an easier drive to the Outer Banks.

The NC-DOT says it's considering creating wildlife crossings to improve safety for drivers. There were five dozen animal related accidents in Tyrrell and Dare Counties in 2007. Most of them involved deer.

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  • by Buzz Location: Mill Creek on Mar 26, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    If Mr. B.. wants a four lane, he'll get a four lane. And that's that! Buzz-
  • by TF Location: Dare on Mar 26, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    So that's what the new strand of barbed wire on top of the canal guard rails is all about. Years ago the state said that it would be done by 2010...somebody better get jacked up if they're going to make that deadline!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    It's ok J, I got your joke, and it was plain to see it was sarcastic. lol
  • by James Location: OBX on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    First the Bonner bridge needs to replaced before it falls into Oregon Inlet and cuts off Hatteras Island. The traffic is not that bad with people coming from the east onto the OBX anyway. 99% of the traffic is coming in from Va, which really creates a traffic jam on the weekends on the north end. But first they need to walk every mile and make sure a plover is not nesting in the weeds beside 64. LOL.
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 26, 2009 at 11:22 AM
    OSOC. No hun, heres YOUR sign. It's a sarcastic joke.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:58 AM
    Kimo, I agree that there are other road projects that should be taken care of but I don't think the Highway 17 project would do much for the economy here. Eastern NC is an economic wasteland but it is not because of bad roads. Roads should follow the growth and there are places in NC that are growing quickly and road construction dollars should be funneled to those areas. Eastern NC has demographic problems that will keep it poor and economically challenged for decades to come, possibly forever. Our largely uneducatable workforce and sense of dependancy on entitlements created through years of government programs will hold the area back, as it always has. You could build 500 miles of interstate highways through this area and it would not stimulate much growth at all.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    When you consider the problem with NC's deer over population, they should be offering incentives to hunters. I don't hunt, so get that out of your mind. I have noticed more close calls when driving and more dead deer on the side of the road than I ever noticed before. It seems to me that there is your problem. J, deer cannot read so "heres your sign", Bill Envall. Even with fences, seems they still get onto 264 between Gville and Raligh.
  • by Fred Location: NC on Mar 26, 2009 at 08:20 AM
    US 64 from Roper to Creswell has animal crossings and some pretty high fencing in certian locations. Also you will notice at night herds of deer feeding up to the white line on the interstate. I have never inspected the animal crossings that were constructed to see if deer, etc are using them. It is probably a waste of money until the wild life are tought to read signs directing them where to cross. Ha Ha
  • by J Location: Gville on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:13 AM
    Stop being so negative, Local. Its obvious you hate anyone that doesn't live in Tyrell County. I don't consider myself a tourist at the beach because I grew up there but I like to visit every now and then and unfortunately there are some pretty ignorant drivers on the road that have no concept of DRIVING the SPEED LIMITS so it takes twice as long to get to where we want to go. I think this is a good idea that they are considering the animals but are the animals going to read a sign that says Animal Crosswalk This Way? ;-)
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:11 AM
    It's amazing how important good roads in the east become when the folks in Raleigh want to make their trip to the outer banks more convenient. Never mind any infrastructure projects like upgrading Rte 17 to four lanes with controlled access so we can attract some industry to the east. The only thing that matters is for the politicians to be able to get through this economic wasteland quickly and easily.
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