Stallings town officials are tentatively supporting a new, proposed thoroughfare, the Chestnut Connector.
The N.C. Department of Transportation would take $17 million slated for widening Stallings and Indian Trail roads and build the new road parallel to them.
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DOT's Barry Moose now must get the OK from the Indian Trail town council, which did not receive the idea well when Moose presented it several weeks ago. Both towns have to sign off to move on with a feasibility study.
Moose told the Stallings council earlier this week that he is shopping the Chestnut Connector idea after hearing concerns from Stallings and Indian Trail officials that widening their main streets could destroy their downtowns.
Both towns recently learned that the NC DOT likely would not support their plans for widening Indian Trail and Stallings roads, which would be an integral part of developing both towns' downtowns.