GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan to invest $100 million in road improvements could help boost Greenville and Winterville’s economies.
The projects include:
- Dickinson Avenue from Memorial Dr. to Reade Cir. (construction start in 2017)
- Firetower Rd. widening from Charles Blvd. to E. 10th St. (construction start in 2019)
- Evans Rd. widening from Greenville Blvd. to Worthington and Cooper Streets in Winterville (construction start in 2021)
- 14th St. widening from Red Banks Rd. to Firetower Rd. (construction start in 2022)
Greenville’s new economic development manager Roger Johnson said generally road improvements lead to more businesses and growth.
He said a recent survey found 90 percent of site selectors and CEO’s place great value on good roads.
“Without effective transportation and distribution opportunities, there’s really no opportunity to grow at a rate that would better serve the public,”Johnson said.
Winterville Mayor Doug Jackson hopes more lanes will relieve traffic to encourage people to spend more time in his town.
“Of course, we got new restaurants that just opened here. make it easier about getting to them,” Mayor Jackson said.