Greensboro unveils transportation plan for next 25 years

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It may be hard to think out to 2040, but the City of Greensboro's Department of Transportation has already had to.

Today the Greensboro DOT held its first public meeting showcasing its long-range transportation plan.

The plan details planned changes to roadways and sidewalks, and whether the money would come from local, state or federal funds.

Craig McKinney, a transportation planner for the City of Greensboro, said it's a plan that all Greensboro residents should look at.

"The public, realtors, home buyers -- they all need to pay attention to the plan," McKinney said.

McKinney said, oftentimes, residents will be unaware of planned roadway changes to their neighborhoods, simply because they have not looked at the long-range plan.

But if residents do look at the plan, "They can foresee the future as to what will happen to roads in the area, especially areas where they may want to purchase," McKinney said.

Besides streets, the long-range transportation plan also addresses making the city more bike and pedestrian friendly.

Daniel Amstutz, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the City of Greensboro, said that, as Greensboro grows, the city wants to make sure it keeps cyclists and walkers in mind.

"We're already getting requests all the time for new sidewalks," Amstutz said.

He said, at this point, he thinks Greensboro has improvement to make to become more bike and pedestrian friendly.

"It may be fairly easy to bicycle around your immediate neighborhood, but if you're trying to get to a place like Friendly Center, it can be pretty hard to get around," Amstutz said.

The long-range transportation plan is visible online at guampo.org.