Public input to shape final layout of North Carolina toll road

| Thursday, August 07, 2008

The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has one public meeting remaining on the subject of a proposed toll road known as the Garden Parkway or Gaston East-West Connector.

Turnpike Authority officials are gathering public comments from meetings and correspondence to determine the final layout of the proposed 23-mile parkway connecting Interstate 85 west of Gastonia to Interstate 485 near the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

A public meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11, at Gastonia Adult Recreation Center, 519 W. Franklin Boulevard, Gastonia, NC.

The Turnpike Authority also had meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6 and 7.

People unable to attend the meetings may comment on the proposal by calling the Turnpike Authority at 919-571-3000; by sending e-mail to gaston@ncturnpike.org; or by writing to:
            Jennifer Harris
            North Carolina Turnpike Authority
            1578 Mail Service Center
            Raleigh, NC 27699-1578

The toll road is scheduled to be constructed from 2010 to 2015 using $35 million in start-up funding authorized in July by the North Carolina General Assembly.

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