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Overpass considered for Rt. 589

By Brian Gilliland | Apr 13, 2017

(April 14, 2017) A proposal to add a Lidl grocery store to the former Cropper Farm area, adjacent to the Berlin Wal-Mart, would necessitate adding the fourth leg to the intersection of Routes 50 and 589 but sparked a disagreement between the county and State Highway officials.

Ed Tudor, director of development review and permitting, said recent turnover at SHA led to the discrepancy.

At issue is the plan for the intersection, which the county wants to finish and connect to the existing service road to make way for the grocery store, or any other business that might end up taking the space.

Tudor said he recalled discussing the intersection first in 1996, with more action about 10 years later when the idea of an overpass was first floated. Tudor said that was the last substantive work done on the intersection until this proposal was received.

Apparently, the SHA still considered an overpass to be the favored solution and a plan was drawn up to include the overpass as a potential improvement in 2030.

The commissioners would like to see the issue completed before then, and decided to send a letter to the SHA advising it of its preferred solution: an at-grade connection of Route 589 to the service road.

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