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DOT consultants trying to line up the path of a median along Madison Boulevard have some work still to do.
The good thing is they seem willing to listen to reasoned public comments. In an early rendition of the plan a median would have prevented drivers traveling south on Madison Boulevard from turning left into the Person Plaza shopping center.
But Larry Cole, the owner of Furniture Mart in that shopping center, voiced his concerns to anyone who would listen. Such a plan, he said, would hurt business because some potential customers may not be willing to drive past his shopping center and then turn around to get to Cole’s store.
The latest rendition of that plan has a pass through at that location.
As more people get a look at the latest plans, we suspect there will be continued feedback from the public about some of the aspects of the plan.
For instance, the new traffic pattern would remove the stoplight at Reams Avenue and Madison Boulevard. We worry about that, though, because that intersection is close to both the police department and the Sheriff’s department. Stoplights can help those officers gain access to the boulevard quickly in the event of an emergency.
Furthermore, Reams Avenue is the most direct route for students and parents at Roxboro Community School to access the boulevard. We aren’t sure removing the light at that intersection is such a good idea.
Time is on the side of anyone who wants to learn more about the medians planned for Madison Boulevard. But we would encourage as many people as possible to look over the plan, ask questions and offer DOT their best advice and opinions.