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Horse Pen Creek construction to hinder traffic in Northwest Greensboro

Residents of Greensboro were invited to a public meeting on Thursday as City of Greensboro officials outlined the proposed plans for the widening of Horse Pen Creek Road.  Traffic on this northwest Greensboro street, which serves as access to neighborhood housing, two apartment complexes, three schools and both Proehlific Park and the Spears YMCA,  exceeds capacity and is frequently congested during peak travel times.  In fact, traffic studies conducted in 2011 indicated approximately 18,000 vehicles traverse this road on the average day!

 

A public meeting held in 2009 outlined several options for the road with 52% of those expressing an opinion opting for a four lane roadway with landscaped median much like what we see on Friendly Avenue today.  The Horse Pen Creek design however will also include bike lanes, sidewalks and turnaround areas in each direction.

The meeting was well attended with large maps of the current and proposed roadways lining the walls of the gymnasium at St Pau’ls Catholic Church.  Citizens with homes that will be impacted by the expansion were invited to an earlier meeting where a discussion of right of way purchases was initiated – the right of way acquisition will begin in the Spring of 2013 with construction scheduled to begin Spring of 2015.

Most notably will be the addition of a freeway underpass at Drawbridge Parkway to accommodate the “Painter Boulevard” freeway expansion which is slated for 2014.  It will be located between the fire station at Drawbridge Parkway and Caldwell Academy school.

For more details on the project, visit the City of Greensboro’s website by clicking here.

 

 

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