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Project to Improve U.S. 74 Intersection in Columbus County

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NC DOTBOARDMAN – The N.C. Department of Transportation wants citizen input on the preliminary design for building an interstate-style interchange on U.S. 74 in Columbus County. The interchange would carry Old Boardman Road/Macedonia Church Road over U.S. 74 and have loops to allow traffic to enter the highway without stopping. Currently, motorists on the side roads must stop before pulling out onto the highway. Additionally, a roundabout on either end of the on/off ramps would be constructed to improve mobility and safety. Citizens can view the proposed design map on this NCDOT website.

The improvement would be built in Boardman, a half hour south of Lumberton. The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization (RPO) — a regional planning organization consisting of local government officials —  submitted the project to NCDOT to be considered for funding through the department’s scoring and prioritization process based on safety, congestion, benefit-cost and local priorities. The project scored well enough to be funded at the regional level due to the strong support of the RPO.

Interested citizens can learn more about the proposal and ask NCDOT representatives questions at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 21, at Boardman Pentecostal Holiness Church at 11180 Old U.S. 74 in Boardman. People may attend at any time, as no formal presentation will be given. Comments on the preliminary design also will be accepted by phone, email or mail through June 4.  For additional information or to submit comments, contact Division 6, Project Manager Scott Pridgen at 910-364-0603 or

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Scott Pridgen. Persons 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.