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NCDOT engineers to meet with Balfour Parkway opponents

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Volunteers with the effort to the stop the Balfour Parkway will be meeting with representatives from the North Carolina Department of Transportation on April 17 and 18, the organization Stop the Balfour Parkway announced.

Cindy Lemon, campaign manager for the STBC, was contacted by the Balfour Parkway Project Manager Jennifer Fuller, of the NCDOT. NCDOT engineers will be in town for an April 18 work session with Henderson County commissioners. They asked to meet with the parkway opponents to present more detailed information regarding how the project works, who is involved and what their roles are. Fuller offered an opportunity for a small group of STBC volunteers to join in question and answer sessions with several of the NCDOT team and members of the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization. The closed meetings have been arranged and questions forwarded.  The organization of homeowners said it welcomes an open exchange of ideas.

"The mission of the Stop the Balfour Campaign is to unite Henderson County communities against creation of an expressway that would destroy homes, businesses, churches and impact the quality of life of residents near and within the path of the proposed Balfour Parkway," the group said. "It is committed to working together and speaking with one voice to stop the needless road from laying waste to our neighborhoods, subdivisions and community."