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.

A new road in Greenville may reduce congestion but it would also displace residents.

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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