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Concerned residents have their say about traffic around proposed port terminal

Residents concerned about traffic congestion around the proposed international port terminal in Brunswick County will have their say when it comes to new roads. Today, the North Carolina State Ports Authority passed a resolution to support a DOT traffic study. The new port will bring more trucks on roadways, slowing travel for people who live near the Southport facility's location. The study will look at the most cost-effective way to relieve possible congestion of major roadways. The study's resolution could include building a whole new highway. Tom Eagar, NC State Ports Authority CEO, said, "Highway access is a major issue from the stand-point of the community given the amount of traffic that would be generated by the new terminal. We are very sensitive to the communities concerns." The study is expected to take one year. Eagar said, residents will have the chance to give their input, and it will be taken into consideration when coming up with a solution to possible transportation problems.

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