US Hwy 221 Expansion in Marion: No Grassy Median!
  • Petitioned NC Department of Transportation

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Jamille Robbins
NC Department of Transportation

US Hwy 221 Expansion in Marion: No Grassy Median!

    1. Christie Wild
    2. Petition by

      Christie Wild

      Marion, NC

 

Highway 221 is primarily a two-lane road that runs over 150 miles connecting Independence, VA to Spartanburg, SC via several cities in NC including Twin Oaks, Jefferson, Boone, Linville Falls, Marion, and Rutherfordton. The NC DOT wants to expand about 20 miles of this two-lane road in the Marion and Rutherford areas and turn it into a road as wide as 7 lanes (a four-lane highway divided by a grassy median as wide as 3 lanes). Please urge the DOT to choose a more efficient, less expensive option. Save our cities and NC residents' tax money.

Using a five-lane highway for the 221 expansion in Marion, instead of the proposed grassy median plan, could help save dozens of homes and several important businesses vital to the local economy.

Rod Birdsong, executive director of the McDowell Chamber of Commerce, said 31 of the 66 businesses to be affected are in and around Marion.

According to County Manager Chuck Abernathy, The Super 8 and the Days Inn could potentially be shut down.

County Commissioner Michael Lavender said, "We need to widen [221] but at the expense of doing it to these existing businesses is troublesome to me."

City Manager Bob Boyette agrees that there would be "impacts all up and down the corridor." It could affect the new Dollar General store, gas stations and even tourist attractions such as the Lucky Strike Gold and Gem Mine and Thermal City Gold Mine just south of Glenwood.

We can keep Glenwood beautiful, Marion small-town friendly, and widen the roads to make traveling easier and faster simultaneously. Let's protect and save as many homes and businesses as possible.

The DOT is only taking written comments until April 13. Call Jamille Robbins at 919-707-6085 or e-mail to jarobbins@ncdot.gov. Sign the petition!

 

Recent signatures

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    1. We have surpassed 50 signatures!

      Christie Wild
      Petition Organizer

      Remember to invite 16 friends to the petition each day. Only 8 days left to contact the NC DOT!

    2. Reached 50 signatures
    3. My petition showed up in the McDowell News this morning!

      Christie Wild
      Petition Organizer

      Just today, we already have 13 more signatures! Be sure to invite 16 friends each day. We have to spread the word, connect, share, and invite as many people as possible to sign with us. We only have 2 weeks to make an impact to the DOT. Thanks everyone for joining the cause!

    4. Reached 25 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Brittany Morrow MARION, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      This road would take my sister and her family's house. I have two young nieces that need to grow up in their home, the place where they both have been their whole lives. Plus I also think the median is a waste of money. And shutting down local businesses to an already bad economy is just plain stupid. Even if it is ten years from now.

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      • about 2 years ago

      McDowell County can not affort do lose any more businesses or jobs. The economy in this county has been hit hard. A grassy median is not necessary. A 5-lane road will serve the same purpose with less negative impact.

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    • katrina stoll BLACK MTN, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      this is a HUGE waste of state funds. we need money in our schools!

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    • Amy Lee MARION, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I have lived in this community all my life, I am in my 30's. I don't see a need for this work to be done. I have never had an issue with traffic. Part of the reason that a lot of us live in this area is so we don't have to deal with stuff like this "in the country"...leave us country people alone. If we want 4 lanes of traffic we will move to town.

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    • Jay Lee MARION, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I travel 221 twice a day to go to work for the past 14 yrs and have never encountered traffic problems such as backups etc.If anything,add a turning lane at business'.

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