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Wake, Granville Counties At Odds Over Plan To Widen Highway 50

Posted May 13, 2005 7:51 a.m. EDT

— Granville County's push to get the state Department of Transportation to widen Highway 50 from Raleigh to Creedmoor is going nowhere.

A five-county regional planning group dropped the Granville project from its top recommendations. Oxford Mayor Al Woodlief blames Raleigh.

"We found, [and] I will say this to the people in Raleigh, that the city of Raleigh and Wake County are the biggest obstacles to that," Woodlief said.

Granville County leaders said Raleigh does not want to see increased traffic flow and increased pollution across Falls Lake, Raleigh's major source of drinking water.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said the city is not the cause of the hold-up.

"Well, Raleigh has never taken a position on widening that road. While we are naturally concerned about the watershed, the DOT has never proposed funding on it and we've never commented about it," he said.

"I just think this is a little pothole in the road. It will get better as it goes," Woodlief said.

The Regional Transportation Organization is recommending to the DOT that the widening of Highway 401 in Franklin County is the region's top road priority. The region includes Granville, Vance, Warren, Franklin and Person counties.