Mebane’s city council agreed this week to pay $232,000 to the N.C. Department of Transportation toward the cost for installing traffic lights at the exit ramps for Buckhorn Road in the easternmost part of the city.
Both northbound/eastbound traffic and southbound/westbound traffic will have stoplights at the top of the Buckhorn Road exit ramps.
The city will finance the project with $260,000 paid to the city by the development company Al Neyer which is building 980,200 square feet of warehouse space in five buildings on 128 acres behind the Petro truck stop on the southeast corner of the Buckhorn Road exit. The company has also built additional warehouse space near the corner of Buckhorn Road and West Ten Road, less than a mile from the exit.
[Story continues below graphic of the Al Neyer warehouse project along I-85/40 at Buckhorn Road, which is in easternmost part of Mebane, across the county line in western Orange County.]
NCDOT has agreed to pay any amounts over the city’s contribution of $232,000 for the traffic lights and to reimburse the city if the cost is less than $232,000.
The balance of the payment from Al Neyer will be used for future traffic improvements in the area.
Mebane’s city council voted unanimously, 5-0, to initiate the payment for the traffic lights; city officials did not have an estimate of when the project might actually be undertaken by DOT or completed.
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