No, really. Our DOT said that. But there’s a catch.
The Carrboro aldermen last week rejected a DOT plan to widen a short stretch of Smith Level Road on the south side of town. The DOT plan also would add sidewalks and bike lanes and a roundabout at the Rock Haven Road -- the busy entrance road to Carrboro High School.
Carrboro liked most of the plan, which has been hashed over for quite a few years. But the town balked at widening Smith Level to four lanes between BPW Club Road and the Morgan Creek bridge, less than a half mile.
At a meeting Tuesday, DOT offered Carrboro three options:
(1) accept the DOT proposal, unlikely because it means reversing a 5-to-1 vote against it;
(2) scrap the road project and start all over with a new plan for sidewalks and bike lanes, starting a process that would take years with uncertain prospect of success, or
(3) let DOT build the road pretty much to Carrboro’s specifications – and then give this portion of Smith Level Road over to the town.
Option 3 means Carrboro can have its way -- if it is willing to take on the cost of maintaining this short stretch, less than a mile in all, of Smith Level Road in the future. Pothole patching, lane striping, repaving whenever the asphalt wears out, even widening it if Carrboro ever recognizes that necessity. ... [MORE]