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GearyThe Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard two presentations on Monday night.

The first presentation was from Phil Geary (pictured), EI, a transportation engineer with NC DOT Transportation Planning Branch.

Geary presented to the board the Bladen County Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

“There is no funding tied to it. IT is not a promise to build projects,” said Geary.

He told the board that all of the towns in the county have already adopted it.

Geary explained that every five years, DOT will come back and look at the plan an make necessary changes and perform new traffic counts.

One item of interest to commissioners was the proposed completion of a four-lane of NC 87 to the county line and a proposed four-lane of NC 20 to the county line as well.

Geary said these are needs that have been identified as being necessary now.

Mark Zeiglar of the NC Department of Commerce also joined Geary and briefly discussed some things for the board to consider with regards to economic development.

The board also learned that DOT is in the process of the next round of prioritization for projects.

Chairman Charles Ray Peterson told Geary that DOT needs to review its process for prioritizing projects.

“We need help here and we need some help down here,” said Peterson.

After further discussion, the board voted to approved the plan.

YorkIn other business:

The board heard a presentation by Dawn York (pictured) of Dial Cody regarding the Rock Ramp Archway at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Cape Fear River.

“We are trying to restore fisheries throughout the basin,” said York.

She told the board the Cape Fear River Partnership was developed in 2011 in support of that effort.

York asked the board to adopt a resolution requesting the state of North Carolina provide $250,000 towards the construction of the rock ramp archway. (Lock & Dam 2 Revised Resolution 11.16.15)

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