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DOT scraps plans for Hillsborough bypass

The state Department of Transportation this week decided to discontinue plans to build a bypass around Hillsborough because of local opposition.

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — The state Department of Transportation this week decided to discontinue plans to build a bypass around Hillsborough because of local opposition.

The $45 million project would have extended Elizabeth Brady Road from the intersection of N.C. Highway 86 with U.S. Highway 70 Business to north of the U.S. 70 Highway Bypass at the intersection of St. Mary’s Road in Hillsborough. The 3-mile extension was proposed to reduce traffic congestion on Churton Street in the Hillsborough central business district.

Residents, officials from Hillsborough, Orange County and the Durham-Carrboro-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Planning Organization all spoke against the plan.

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