Erin Smith Staff writer
April 16, 2014
BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Board approved a resolution this week asking that the N.C. Department of Transportation to change the speed limit on N.C. Hwy. 242 within the town’s limits from 45 mph to 35 mph.
Mayor Rufus Duckworth said there is a stretch of N.C. Hwy. 242 that traverses between N. Main Street and the N.C. 211 Bypass where the speed limit is 45 mph.
He said there are concerns for the safety of pedestrians in the area as there several residences and the Harmony Homes complex located along that stretch of road — as well as the Bladenboro Rescue Squad facility.
The board approved the resolution to be submitted to NCDOT.
In other business the board heard from Kevin Todd of Todd Associates regarding some change orders and information requested by the board regarding windows and doors for the new community building.
“We had requested some prices from him regarding possible upgrades for windows and doors,” said Duckworth.
He said the the upgrades were a little more costly than the board expected and it was decided to stay with the original design proposal.
In addition to the upgrades, he said there were some additional requirements that needed to be made to the blue prints to satisfy the building code. Duckworth said the board learned that a building of the size of the community building requires 1.2 handicap accessible exits.
“You can’t have a .2 handicap access, so the back door is now requiring a ramp,” said Duckworth.
He said the board is now looking at ways to meet the code requirements and tie in the changes with the overall design of the building.