Public meeting on U.S. 158 widening later this month

By on January 10, 2012

U.S. 158 through Great Swamp

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. for the proposed U.S. 158 (Shortcut Road) widening project from east of N.C. 34 in Belcross to N.C. 168 in Barco.

The meeting will be held at Central Elementary School, located at 504 Shortcut Road in Barco.

NCDOT representatives will be available in an informal setting to answer questions and gather public input regarding the proposed project.

There will not be a formal presentation, and citizens may attend at any time to ask questions, submit written comments or view project maps.

Comments received from the public will be used in the preparation of project designs.

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The department proposes to widen U.S. 158 to four lanes with a median. The new lanes will be added to either the north or south side of the existing road.

The project will require additional right-of-way acquisition, as well as the relocation of homes and businesses. No designs have been prepared for the project as of yet.

For more information, contact NCDOT Project Planning Engineer Joseph Miller of the Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit at 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548, by phone at (919) 707-6031 or by email at


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