Street improvements proposed

Published 5:10 pm Friday, September 20, 2013

Washington’s City Council won’t be taking it to the streets Monday evening, but it could be talking about streets.

The council’s agenda packet for its meeting Monday includes a memorandum concerning the N.C. Carolina Department of Transportation’s proposal to spend about $3.2 million to improve a section of 15th Street from Carolina Avenue (U.S. Highway 17 Business) to Pierce Street. That section is about two-thirds of a mile long, according to NCDOT data.

That section of 15th Street has about three times the number motor-vehicle crashes compared to similar sections of roads across the state, according to NCDOT data.

The proposed project calls for widening that section of 15th Street from a 48-foot-wide, undivided road to a 64-foot-wide, four-lane divided road with a 16-foot-wide median and 7-foot berms. To address crash concerns, the median will be a channelized, left-turn-only median, according to the memorandum written by City Manager Brian Alligood.

NCDOT wants the council to approve the project’s design in order for the project to continue, according to the memorandum. Sometime in 2014, NCDOT will make a presentation about the proposed project to the council and ask for its formal support of the proposed improvements, reads the memorandum.

NCDOT would pay the entire cost of the project, according to the memorandum.

Alligood and city Public Works Director Allen Lewis met with NCDOT engineers Dwayne Alligood and Haywood Daughtry on Aug. 29 to discuss proposed NCDOT projects in the city, according to the memorandum.

NCDOT is planning to resurface the section of Fifth Street (U.S. Highway 264) from 15th Street to Hudnell Street at an estimated cost of $2 million and Third Street (N.C. Highway 32) from Bridge Street (U.S. Highway 17 Business) to Washington Park at an estimated cost of $650,000, according to the memorandum.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 102 E. Second St. To view the council’s agenda for a specific meeting, visit the city’s web­site at, click “Government” then “City Council” heading, then click “Meeting Agendas” on the menu to the right. Then click on the date for the appropriate agenda.




About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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