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 In the News, February 20, 2017 

Consultants tell Fuquay-Varina it needs 'outer beltway' by 2040. An overhaul of Fuquay-Varina’s transportation plan has emphasized the need to build two new roads to bypass N.C. 55 and U.S. 401’s routes through the town. Civil engineering consultancy Kimley-Horn, presented the research backing that recommendation at a meeting of the town’s transportation plan steering committee Feb. 2. Their preliminary recommendations suggest the roads – both four lanes wide with a median in the middle – will be necessary to maintaining acceptable traffic flow in and around town by 2040.

Richlands leaders to hear about plans for signage, landscaping. Richlands leaders will hear an update on town improvements at its regular meeting this week. Town Administrator Gregg Whitehead said he will present proposed sign and curbing improvements. The proposed sign improvements will replace the existing signs at the entrance to the town. The curbing, he said, will replace the grass, flowers, and shrubs in the downtown area. He expects the N.C. Department of Transportation project, which is in the process of going out to bid, to begin by springtime and have minimal impact on traffic.

Gibsonville marker will celebrate industrialist. The town of Gibsonville will unveil a marker Saturday honoring mill magnate Berry Davidson. The town is celebrating its 146th birthday. Davidson built Minneola Cotton Mill on Railroad Avenue in 1886, the Hiawatha Cotton Mill on Eugene Street in 1895, and the Methodist Protestant Church on Church Street in 1898. The marker will commemorate Davidson’s efforts, which transformed Gibsonville from primarily an agricultural community to a regional manufacturing town.

Swansboro to be final stop on this year's Cycle NC Mountains to Coast ride. The Town of Swansboro will get a second chance to showcase itself as more than 1,000 cyclists make a trip across the state this fall. Swansboro has been selected as the final stop on this year’s route for the annual Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride to be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 7. It’s not the first time the town has been selected for the route, but last year the stop in Swansboro was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew’s arrival in Eastern North Carolina.