KFP: Queen St. bridge meeting to be held today

by Bryan Hanks
Managing Editor

A meeting is being held today at the Lenoir County Visitor’s Center that could go a long way towards determining construction on the South Queen Street bridges.

Neil Lassiter, the Division 2 engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, is holding a public informational meeting at 4:30 p.m. today at the Visitor’s Center.

Lassiter said the meeting will be a citizen’s information workshop and won’t be a hearing.

“We’ll be compiling information about impacts to businesses on Queen Street and talking about having an on-site detour as opposed to an off-site detour,” Lassiter said.

He said it’s important for residents and businesses who’ll be impacted by the closings to attend the meeting.

“We’d like for them to come out and share their thoughts and feelings,” Lassiter said. “It’ll certainly have an impact.”

One attendee will certainly be Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy. He sent a letter to the NCDOT earlier this week asking engineers to hasten the proposed “Square Loop” at Skinner’s Bypass to ease the traffic concerns from the Queen Street bridge replacement.

A copy of the letter is online at bjmurphy.org.

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