MACORTS Public Comment: Lexington Connectivity

From July 25-August 8, MACORTS, our local MPO, is accepting public comment on revisions to two planning documents (the 2015-2018 TIP and the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan) that touch on 3 projects:

  1. The Loop 10 / Lexington Interchange UPDATE (7.28.16): the proposed revision would accelerate the ROW-phase for this project from FY 19 to FY 17.
  2. “The addition of the SR 316 at Oconee Connector Interchange Project
  3. “and the deletion of the Union Church Road Improvement Project and Simonton Bridge Road Project.”

As a reminder, this is a partial view of what the new Loop 10 Interchange will look like.  Frankly, and we’ve raised this issue with GDOT, the project as currently configured will disrupt connectivity between the Firefly Trail and the soon to be built greenway “Waffle House Connector” (which will run between Grove St. and the Loop SB Ramps):

Does this crossing work for families?

Does this crossing work for families?

For full project map, see here:

On the plus side, Lexington Rd will include bike lanes from just east of the Ovation Cinema to just past Old Winterville Rd.  Unfortunately, as GDOT informed us last year, due to ROW restrictions, the bike lanes will only be 4 ft. (next to 9 lanes at the widest).

Again, here is the link to submit public comment.