Chocowinity drops speed limits

Published 7:15 pm Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CHOCOWINITY — With few exceptions, Chocowinity’s Town Board meeting was all about transportation Tuesday night.

The board passed a resolution to adopt the NCDOT 30-Year Transportation Plan that creates a wish list of projects over the next three decades, should the funds become available. Over the past two years, community representatives have worked with Mid-East to determine what, if any, future changes would be desired, from sidewalks in places to a U.S. Highway 264 bypass.

According to Mid-East Commission’s Ben Rogers, the regional planning organization is asking all seven municipalities in Beaufort County to sign off of the completed maps before the county approves the transportation plan.

Public Works Director Kevin Brickhouse informed the town board that through conversations with DOT, Furman Drive and Bells Avenue will be paved in the future. He also gave an update on the construction status of the N.C. Highway 33 bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks in Chocowinity. Originally scheduled to reopen in October, the completion date has been pushed back several times.

“The Route 33 overpass is still not done yet,” Brickhouse said. “If I had to guess, I would say it will be (completed) end of February, first of March.”

Brickhouse said that “multiple problems” with the bridge’s construction are responsible for the delay.

Commissioners also voted to approve adjustments to speed limits within the town. While the town speed limit is 35 mph, the following roadways will now have 15 mph speed limits: Adams Street, Albritton Drive, Ballard Street, Barnes Court, Bells Avenue, Bernard Court, Carolina Avenue, Cratch Street, Edgewood Drive, Elizabeth Avenue, Emily Court, First Street, Harding Street, Hughes Street, Jones Circle, Main Street, Maple Court, Mobley Drive, Norfleet Lane, North End Drive, North Drive, Second Street and Williamson Lane. Bragaw Lane Extension’s speed limit will change from 35 mph to 25 mph.