Sneads Ferry planning workshop solicits community input

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 02:37 PM.

Markers, maps and hopes were on the agenda for a visioning workshop discussing the future of Sneads Ferry.

Sneads Ferry residents at Dixon Elementary School participated in the recent workshop to share their vision for the unicorporated area.

The workshop began with a presentation from Stephen Stansbery, vice-president of Kimley-Horn and Associates of Charlotte, a consulting firm assisting Onslow County with the Sneads Ferry plan. During his presentation, Stansbery reviewed previous assessments, including a feasibility study by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in 2013 that laid out several alternatives to address a problem several residents in attendance said was the biggest one: traffic.

“I want to see the elimination of the traffic problems, especially the congestion during morning and evening rush hour,” Sneads Ferry resident Bob Bryant said. “I’m not criticizing the base or anything. They have to do what they have to do.”

The assessment came up with several solutions, including a trumpet interchange at the intersection of U.S. 17 and N.C. 210 and a flyover at the intersection of N.C. 172 and N.C. 210. The proposed solutions could cost $130.1 million as well affect 40 businesses and 18 residences, according to Stansbury. None of those proposals have been “set in stone,” he added; input from residents would help paint a clearer picture of what needs to be done to accommodate the growing number of cars on the road. 

“We always say ‘someone else will make decisions for you if you don’t plan, and those decisions might not be in agreement with what the community as a whole wants to see,’” Jonathan Whitehurst, senior planner at Kimley-Horn said.

The workshop allowed attendees to post comments on the back wall of the school’s cafeteria they wanted to share about the area’s future. A couple of the more common words were “education” and “safety.”



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