Both Orange County and Carrboro officials have recently decided that widening N.C. 54 may not be the best avenue to a streamlined commute.
The Board of Orange County Commissioners heard the presentation of a report that recommended officials widen a passage of N.C. 54 West that runs through Carrboro at its Nov. 7 meeting.
More than four miles of this passage, which also runs through Alamance County, are in Orange County. Almost two of those miles run through Carrboro. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen decided to consider alternatives to widening by receiving the report in an Oct. 15 meeting.
Although the report the county received suggests the volume of cars may be causing crashes along the highway, Carrboro Board of Aldermen members Damon Seils said current safety updating initiatives could address these problems.
In his statements to the commissioners, Seils cited the potential for negative environmental impacts and increased commuter traffic on alternative local routes as possible outcomes of the proposed widening. Both Seils and county commissioners expressed concerns that the benefits of the project might not outweigh the costs.