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NCDOT extends Balfour Parkway comment period

Kristina Miller speaks with residents at a public input meeting on proposed Balfour Parkway corridors on Feb. 27. Kristina Miller speaks with residents at a public input meeting on proposed Balfour Parkway corridors on Feb. 27.

An overwhelming crowd at the kickoff public input meeting for the proposed Balfour Parkway has prompted the NCDOT to extend the comment period by a month.

"In light of the turnout at the February 27th public meeting and requests for additional time to comment on the project, the project team is extending the comment period to April 30," Kristina Miller, an engineer with RK&K consultants of Raleigh, said in an announcement on Wednesday. "Within the next week, the updated comment period will be reflected on the project website. We appreciate the public feedback that has already been provided."

The comment deadline had been March 30.

The turnout on Feb. 27 stunned NCDOT and RK&K officials. A line snaked around the Cascades Mountain Resort and both the NCDOT and a parkway opponents ran out of handouts. Residents of Grimesdale, Foxwood, Stoney Mountain Estates and other neighborhoods have organzed Stop the Balfour Parkway. Residents say the proposed parkway routes endanger stable neighborhoods and should be moved farther north to a less developed path.