SILER CITY — The Siler City board of commissioners approved three resolutions in a special hearing Monday to close and reroute a series of roads abutting the Mountaire Farms facility — almost three years after the national poultry processor first requested permission to overhaul the downtown artery.
According to Mountaire’s virtual rendering of the $6 million project it plans to fund, East Third Street’s current terminus at U.S. Hwy. 64 will close to regular traffic and shift about 510 feet west, replacing North Avenue. East Fifth Street and Johnson Avenue — minor roads running through the Mountaire complex — will also close to the public.
The project will introduce several upgrades compared to East Third Street’s current two-lane incarnation. A center turn lane will promote safer and more convenient access for trucks turning into Mountaire’s complex. Privacy fencing and landscaping will shield nearby homes and businesses from traffic. And sidewalks will encourage more pedestrian activity, driving potential customers toward Third Street businesses.
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