Gate City heads to another interstate highway



Greensboro took another step toward securing another interstate highway at the Greensboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (GUAMPO) meeting on Wednesday, September 25.

The Greensboro Urban Area Transportation Advisory Committee (GUATAC) passed a resolution in favor of granting the interstate designation to U.S. 421 and bringing it up to interstate standards. The resolution notes that US 421 connects I-95 to I-40 and would provide a “valuable alternative route for military and freight traffic” as well as “additional evacuation routes and backup routes and recovery to the region ”.

The resolution also says US 421 becoming a freeway “would support economic development, including the four designated megasites in central Carolina.”

The resolution states that the North Carolina Board of Transportation has already passed a resolution supporting the future interstate designation of US 421.

GUAMPO board chairman, city council member Marikay Abuzuaiter, said all MPOs and RPOs crossed by US 421 would have to pass similar resolutions before the designation can proceed. But she added that she saw no reason why organizations would vote against it.

Abuzuaiter said as soon as it becomes official, signs will designate it as a future highway.

In a related case, GUATAC passed a resolution in favor of Carolina Core, which notes that the Carolina Core region had a workforce of over one million workers and 30 colleges and universities.

It also indicates that the US 421 corridor crosses Carolina Core and the resolution requests that signage along this corridor to market it as Carolina Core be installed.

In other cases, the board of directors has passed a resolution to defer funding for the renovation of the J. Douglas Galyon depot from 2019 to 2020, with the project due for submission in early 2020.


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