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Why was the Village Road project changed so lights hang from wires instead of metal poles?

Ken Little
Village Road construction

Traffic flows along Village Road in Leland in August 2011. (StarNews file photo)

The full question:

“It appeared that the traffic lights at the on/off ramp on Village Road in Leland would be erected using the large metal poles instead of hanging from wires. Why was that aspect of the project removed? The concrete bases were jack-hammered and are no longer there.”

The answer:

Funding appears to be the issue.

“We had a construction revision for the Village Road project in Leland that deleted this work from our contract,” N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tammy Stewart said.

The work that was deleted will be included in the future Causeway project that will include a diverging diamond interchange at Village Road and U.S. 17/74/76, she said.

“This future project is not scheduled at this time,” Stewart said.

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2 Responses to “ Why was the Village Road project changed so lights hang from wires instead of metal poles?”

  1. On October 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm alex wrote:

    So, the crews installed the underground wiring and concrete pads for the proposed overhead traffic lights, but jack-hammered it all up when the project ran out of money? What happened to all the daily fines the NCDOT was imposing on the contractor for being so late completing the project.

    And now we hear there are no plans to finish the interchange with the proposed traffic-alleviating pattern.

    Great. We’re back to Square One when it comes to traffic woes in Leland…

  2. On October 20, 2011 at 7:28 am Will wrote:

    The worst part is the changes that have been made only serve to make the area more dangerous. The traffic flow now forces everyone to either make a U-turn or travel through the parking lot between CVS and FoodLion…
    So millions of dollars have been spent to force a parking lot into a major thoroughfare – no lines or set patterns – just an accident waiting to happen. Way to go Leland & NCDOT… idiots…

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