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Plans for 14th Street widening in Greenville move ahead

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - The North Carolina Department is moving forward with plans to widen 14th street between Fire Tower Road and Greenville Boulevard, NDOT representatives told the Greenville City Council Thursday night.

NCDOT division project development engineer Bill Kincannon told the council that the goal is to widen the road to four lanes over that 1.1 mile stretch at a projected cost of $12.6 million. The next few months will be spent in determining three possible right-of-way alignments for the road widening.

Kincannon said the Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church has been identified as a protected historical site, ensuring that obtaining right-of-way around that site will require additional oversight and review.

Because of road improvement projects that will be going on along Fire Tower Road and Evans/Old Tar Road along the Greenville and Winterville borders between 2020 and 2022, Kincannon said the construction timeline for the 14th Street widening may get pushed back toward when those projects are closer to completion so as not to cause an additional traffic burden in the area.

A public meeting on the 14th Street project will likely happen by November, Kincannon said, once the three alternatives for the road widening route are determined. More information on the project can be found here.

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