NEW INFO: Community Discusses Plans To Demolish Homes, Build Road

The public got a look at a proposed road project that would connect east and west Greenville, but home and businesses will have to be moved or demolished to make way for the connector. Tuesday's meeting at the Ronald G. Michels Center was a chance for residents to ask questions about the new $48 million dollar project that will allow Greenville drivers to avoid traveling over train tracks on Dickinson Avenue and Tenth Street. A connector bridge is planned from Stantsonburg Road, near Pitt County Memorial Hospital, to East Carolina University.

The city, East Carolina University, and University Health Systems all contributed $2 million each for the planning process. They say the design will improve travel for drivers and get emergency vehicles around town faster.

The Department of Transportation wants to buy about 3700 homes and businesses from Stantonsburg Road to 14th street. It says owners will be compensated for the value of their property and moving process.

"If everybody in the neighborhood's going to be impacted, they would rather have both sides impacted and based off that- thats what we have done, the challenge is of course there are a lot of people and a lot of businesses," said Public Works Director Wes Anderson.

Construction is slated to begin the fall of 2014, but the DOT would like to have all properties that need to be demolished or altered, bought by 2012.

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The city of Greenville and the Department of Transportation has proposed a Tenth Street connector from Stantsonburg Road, near Pitt County Memorial Hospital, to East Carolina University. A bridge is part of the 48-million dollar plan to bypass the train on Dickinson and Tenth Street.

In order to make the plan work, several businesses and home owners will have to give up some or all of their properties. The public works director says 3,700 people along the connector route would be affected.

A public hearing on the connector is set for the Ronald G. Michels Center Tuesday starting at 7:00 p.m.


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  • by Richard on Nov 17, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    Does anyone edit this material? Yesterday it was 3700 people affected which seemed high for the amount of houses and businesses. Now it says 3700 residences and businesses which is obviously way off.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 17, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    Russ, I don't know if you have ever been into Williamston, and I mean right in town, but Williamston has worse shape streets than Greenville. I know cause I was raised there and was living there first few Post-ECU years before moving down here to the beach with my wife. Beachbum3, Ahoskie's streets are not in as bad of shape as Williamston's and Plymouth's, even though they are in bad shape. Ibike, Greenville should just lift the ban for bikes and just let bikes be on sidewalks. That's what sidewalks are for. It's also for the protection of bikes from these crazy drivers. Anonymous at 11-16 11:42 p.m. I hope you are right and I also think you are right. This would make that part of Greenville more attractive and safer, meaning better for ECU, and the future of ECU.
  • by John Location: Ayden on Nov 17, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    To "STUDENT" - taken from the article - "The city, EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, and University Health Systems all contributed $2 million each for the planning process" ECU is involved, but I do not agree with "Clifton" - I think the proposed road is a good idea, and would be an asset for the citizens and visitors of Greenville as a whole.
  • by Bearslayer on Nov 17, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    The new road is a good idea, ECU is too large for the current infrastructure.The story indicates that ECU is involved in the planning of the new project. Hopefully this will allow our small college town to retain the charm that has made it so attractive to the whiney ECU students while allowing fewer bicycle riding citizens to avoid being converted to speed bumps.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 08:42 PM
    As ECU grows West Greenville will become college housing. Once 10th and 5th are done just watch.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    The 10th St connector project has been planned for over 5 years. It first received public forum feedback over four years ago in 2006. All of the residents and business owners in the area have known about this and been preparing for it for a very long time...the 3700 people effected includes everybody in surounding areas who will have access to their home/business impacted. In other words, some residents will see no effect on their property, but will now access their neighborhood via a different street or entry point. Depending on medians, some may have to u-turn to get to their home etc. etc.
  • by Beachbum3 on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    ross you eveidently have never ridden the streets in the town of ahoskie i vote for them as having the worst streets of any small town in northeastern north carolina for the size an population an considering the tax rates for this area. thank you
  • by Beachbum3 on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    I thought that the NCDOT WAS broke anthe state budget was busted so how are they able to afford to build such streets for the city of Greenville to inculde a bridge . an in the mean while here in HERTFORD IN AHOSKIE we have had to have a section of roadway completely blocked off an to be unusable as that the ncdot has dumped dump trucks loads of dirt across this section of roadway to make it unpassable when the original Ahoskei by west bypass was contructed the original plans called for the construction of flyover bridges at nc 561 AN ON NC-11 THE NC-11 SECTION IS WHERE THAT THEY HAVE BLOCKE OFF WITH DUMP TRUCKS OF DIRT ACROSS THE ROADWAY MAKING IT UNPASSABLE. WHERE ARE OUR BRIDGES NCDOT. I AM GUESSING THAT SINCE WE IN THIS AREA ARE UNIMPORTANT TO THE STATES POLITICIANS THAT WE WILL NEVER SEE THESE PROPOSED BRIDGES EVER BE BUILT THERE HAS ALREADY BEEN NUMBEROUS DEATH AT THESE INTERSECTIONS AN NO BRIDGES HAVE BEEN BUILT YET AN NONE ARE CURRENTLY BEING PROPOSE EITHER THANK YOU
  • by Hombre' on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    gville a one horse town going nowhere.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Nov 16, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    NEW ROAD. They need to pave the ones they have. Roughest, bumpy darn streets I've ever seen inside a town.
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