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Pinehurst Group Wants to Stop Proposed Roundabout

Posted March 30, 2007

Residents in the Village of Pinehurst are petitioning to stop a traffic project that they say would harm the town's scenic and historic charm.

The Concerned Citizens of Pinehurst says it has collected 700 signatures on a petition demanding hearings on a proposed roundabout for N.C. Highway 2 at Carolina Vista -- the entrance to the famous Pinehurst Country Club. The group has also taken out a full-page advertisement.

The project would mean getting rid of 90 trees, most of them longleaf pines. John Marcum, who leads the group, says a roundabout is excessive.

"Most days, there are no problems whatsoever," he said.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has construction plans and work could start as May.

"It's going to be built," said Pinehurst Town Manager Andy Wilkinson, adding that the intersection is dangerous and in need for roundabouts.

"The roundabouts will resolve the dangerous conflicts but won't demean or lower the standards of that vista," Wilkinson said.

"Every tree that we cut down will be either replaced with the same kind of tree, and we're going to move as many trees as we can, also," he added.

But Marcum says the trees are in their prime.

"They got a couple of centuries to go, but it will be spent in a saw mill," he said.

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  • Nothing New Mar 30, 2007

    DOT wants this round-about, public does not. Mayor wants the round-about, public still does not, HUMMMM. In the Triangle, People want 540, DOT does not have the money. Mayors of the area want 540, still does not have the money unless its a Toll Road. Seems what DOT wants they get, what the public wants waits until DOT can collect more money from Tolls while still taking our tax dollars. Sounds like a big bully to me, they always have to have it thier way.