This town is joining Stallings to support an N.C. Department of Transportation study of the Chestnut Connector.
The connector would link Old Monroe Road and U.S. 74. It also would run parallel to Indian Trail and Stallings roads, the main streets through the respective towns.
In July, the Indian Trail Town Council balked at an idea by Barry Moose, an N.C. DOT district engineer, to take $17 million slated for widening Stallings and Indian Trail roads and apply that money to the Chestnut Connector project.
The town has since learned that supporting Moose's idea does not mean Indian Trail will give up the money for widening Indian Trail Road. The N.C. DOT will pay for the study, which will be an update. Indian Trail already had paid consulting firm HNTB to study the Chestnut Connector as part of the town's master plan.
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Council members agreed 4-0 to notify the N.C. DOT by letter of its support for the study.
Council member Gary D'Onofrio did not attend the meeting.
Moose has recently shopped the Chestnut Connector idea in Indian Trail and Stallings after hearing concerns from both towns about how N.C. DOT's plans for widening Indian Trail and Stallings roads could destroy the downtown areas.
“Part of my job is to look for alternatives,” Moose told the Stallings Town Council in late July. He said the Chestnut Connector could take traffic off Indian Trail and Stallings roads and allow the towns to preserve their downtowns.
Moose has said the N.C. DOT likely would widen both two-lane roads to four lanes with wide medians, which could destroy shops, businesses, historic buildings and churches. Each widening also would require a bridge over the railroad tracks that run through both roads.
Stallings voted 5-1 to support the feasibility study, which Moose has said will take a few months.
Indian Trail Mayor John Quinn and council members Jeff Goodall and Shirley Howe attended the Stallings meeting to see the council's reaction to Moose's idea.