DOT sets meeting to discuss 15th Street project

Published 10:05 pm Sunday, August 7, 2016

Washington-area residents have an opportunity to learn about proposed changes to a section of 15th Street in the city and comment on them.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will conduct an informational meeting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s regional office in Washington, 943 Washington Square Mall. The proposed project runs from U.S. Highway 17 Business to U.S. Highway 264 (near Vidant Beaufort Hospital).

The project includes converting the existing multi-lane road into a four-lane, raised median divided road. The project is designed to improve overall traffic flow and traffic safety. Preliminary project designs are on the project website — — for public review and comment.

The meeting does not include a formal presentation by DOT personnel, but they will be available to display maps, answer questions and receive comments. Those comments and other information received will be considered as work on the project develops.

Last summer, John Rouse, a DOT engineer, told the Washington City Council the project had been approved with a $16.2 million budget, with construction to start in 2023. A DOT document dated Nov. 9, 2015, and modified Jan. 6 indicates construction has been moved up to 2019.

The project’s roots go back to 2000, according to DOT. The initial project called for improvements in the section of 15th Street from Carolina Avenue (U.S. Highway 17 Business) to the Pierce Street area. The proposed improvements called for a divided road with a median separating the travel lanes.

DOT spokesmen said the project’s goal is to reduce the number of vehicles crashes on 15th Street. Those crashes on that section of road occur about three times more frequently than crashes on similar roads in other areas of the state, according to DOT figures.





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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