Public forum set for Exit 19 bridge work

LUMBERTON — The N.C. Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting for Aug. 28 on a plan to reconstruct the Interstate 95 interchange and overpass with Carthage Road at Exit 19 in Robeson County.

The department needs to build a higher and longer bridge over I-95 to accommodate plans to widen the interstate to eight lanes. To improve safety and mobility, the department also proposes realigning some of the exit’s ramps and service roads.

The department is coordinating with the city of Lumberton, which is pursuing a federal grant to transform Carthage Road into a new gateway into downtown from the interstate. The Transportation Department has written an endorsement letter for the city’s project to help acquire the federal grant.

The informal open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center at 110 N. Cedar St. in Lumberton. People may drop in at any time to look at the preliminary maps, ask questions and provide comments to the Transportation Department.

Additional information will become available on the Transportation Department’s website.

Comments will be accepted through Sept. 28 and may be sent to Scott Pridgen, a Division 6 project leader, at 910-364-0603 or; or through the mail at Highway Division 6, P.O. Box 1150, Fayetteville, N.C., 28302.

The Transportation Department will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in the Aug. 28 workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Tony Gallagher at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C., 27699-1598; 919-707-6069; or as early as possible so arrangements can be made.

People who speak Spanish and have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request before the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Staff report