Transportation officials to hold hearings on I-795 extension
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — State transportation officials have scheduled three public hearings to gauge sentiment about plans to extend Interstate 795.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is holding hearings beginning Thursday in Faison to pitch the idea of extending I-795 south from Goldsboro to Interstate 40 in Sampson County.
Subsequent meetings are scheduled for Goldsboro on Dec. 3 and Mount Olive the next afternoon.
The department’s ultimate goal is to extend I-795, which now runs between Wilson and Goldsboro, from Goldsboro south to I-40 near Mount Olive and the Sampson-Duplin county line.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports U.S. 117 is already a four-lane divided highway between Goldsboro and I-40. Making it an interstate would involve widening shoulders and eliminating access from side roads, homes and businesses, and replacing them with interchanges.
Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com