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Public Involvement

The first Virtual Public Comment Opportunity was open from January 6 to February 4, 2021. The results are summarized below.

Stay tuned for information regarding a second Public Comment Opportunity in early 2022.  If you would like to receive updates about the Catawba Crossings Feasibility Study, please sign up to receive emails. 

 

If you have questions or concerns at any time you may contact the Project Team by phone or email by following the links at the top of this page.  

 

Summary of Virtual Public Comment Opportunity

The first Virtual Public Comment Opportunity was intended to provide the public some basic information about the Catawba Crossings Feasibility Study and gather feedback from the community about the possibility of a new Catawba River bridge between Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. The GCLMPO sought comments on the transportation need for the project and feedback on what is important to the community.

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Summary Results of MetroQuest Survey

One thousand one hundred seventy-five (1,175) individuals took the Catawba Crossings Feasibility Study MetroQuest survey. The survey consisted of a variety of questions including current travel behavior and experiences, transportation needs, and transportation priorities and preferences.

None of the survey questions were mandatory and individuals could choose to skip questions if they chose to. Survey participants – or respondents – could only answer a question one time. Some questions asked respondents to select multiple answers (e.g., select top three priorities), thus resulting in larger numbers of answers. For these reasons, you will notice that the totals reported by topic vary.

Existing Conditions

Respondents were asked about their current travel behaviors and experiences on local roadways.

Transportation Needs

This section asked respondents to identify transportation needs that were important to them.

Transportation Priorities

This section provided a list of eight “priorities” that the Project Team should consider during project development and asked respondents to assign importance to them by assigning points.

Transportation Amenities and Design Considerations

Respondents were asked to rate their preference for design components and amenities in five transportation categories: vehicular, bicycling, pedestrian, recreation access, and design/aesthetic.

Demographics and Location

Respondents were asked to provide demographic information and a zip code.

 

Summary of Written Comments 

The GCLMPO received 509 written comments in total from the MetroQuest platform, via email, and via Facebook and YouTube.

Comments

The GCLMPO reviewed each comment. Each comment was associated with one or more keywords. These keywords were then assigned to one of six comment themes that emerged. It was not uncommon that a single comment addressed two or more comment themes.

 

Virtual Public Input Opportunity Comment Responses

The six major comment themes are identified below. Responses below are grouped by theme and address the main topics of concern expressed by the public. Responses are based on the best available information.

Project Need

Several comments were received regarding the perceived need – or lack of – for the Catawba Crossings project. The following represent the most common topics associated with the Project Need theme. You may click on the topic to review the GCLMPO’s response to these comments.

 

Transportation Modes

Comments touched on all modes of travel – car, pedestrian, bicycle, and public transportation and transit. You may click on the topic to review the GCLMPO’s response to these comments.

 

Potential Impacts

Many comments were received about the potential impacts of the Catawba Crossings project. The following topics were most referenced. You may click on the topic to review the GCLMPO’s response to these comments.

 

Design Considerations

These comments and questions were more detailed and generally had to do with the location and type of roadway features, intersections, etc. This feasibility study will not define detailed design solutions but will make recommendations for further study and design based on public and stakeholder feedback. You may click on the topic to review the GCLMPO’s response to these comments.

Improve Existing

The Catawba Crossings is in an early stage of development and is one of many transportation improvement projects being planned in the area.

Schedule

This feasibility study is expected to be complete by the end of 2021 – but what does the schedule look like from there?

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