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North Carolina Turnpike Authority to hold public hearings on Garden Parkway this week

The often talked about - and still yet to be built - Garden Parkway - begins another step closer to reality this week as the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) holds public hearings this week in Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties.

The Garden Parkway - also known as the Gaston East-West Connector - has been talked about for decades and received a rebirth when the NCTA was created a few years ago.

The public hearings and open houses are as scheduled:

The turnpike authority will hold Pre-Hearing Open Houses all this week:

  • Monday, June 22, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gastonia Adult Recreation Center, 519 W. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia;
  • Tuesday, June 23, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Forestview High School, 5545 Union Rd, Gastonia;
  • Wednesday, June 24, from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at South Point High School, 906 South Point Rd, Belmont; and
  • Thursday, June 25, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Olympic High School, 4301 Sandy Porter Rd, Charlotte.

Officials with the turnpike authority will hold public hearings on the following dates at 7 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, June 23, at Forestview High School, 5545 Union Rd, Gastonia; and
  • Thursday, June 25, at Olympic High School, 4301 Sandy Porter Rd, Charlotte.

For more information:
Proposed toll road center of debate in scheduled hearings -News 14 Carolina w/video
Hearings scheduled for proposed Garden Parkway -WBTV-TV w/video
North Carolina Turnpike Authority - Garden Parkway
Communities Taking a Stand Against the Toll Road

Comments

Anonymous said…
Why exactly is this road necessary? It seems awfully redundant with I-85. Is I-85 that bad between Charlotte and Gastonia?
Adam said…
More of the demand is of the bypass of US 321 through Gastonia.

Unfortunately, the part that would complete the US 321 bypass from I-85 to US 321 between Dallas and Lincolnton appears to be off the planning board.

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