05FreewayThe North Carolina Department of Transportation is proposing to widen about 5 miles of the All American Freeway in Fayetteville. The DOT invites the public to view the preliminary design maps and offer comments during an open house from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at Village Baptist Church, 906 S. McPherson Church Rd.

Congestion is growing on the freeway, which now carries 48,000 to 65,000 vehicles daily. A DOT engineering analysis predicts as many as 89,000 vehicles per day will use the freeway by 2035. The proposal is to add a lane in each direction between Owen Drive . and the future Interstate 295, increasing the freeway’s travel lanes to six.

The proposed widening would mark the most significant improvement to the freeway since it opened in the 1970s. For most of the route, the additional lanes would be built in the grassy median.

City buses provide baseball stadium access

The Fayetteville Area System of Transit will provide affordable, convenient access to the downtown area for minor league baseball games. Five bus routes provide direct access to downtown. The city says FAST has made some minor adjustments for game nights to accommodate stadium-goers.

The buses will bring riders to the FAST Transit Center at 505 Franklin St., which is approximately two blocks from the stadium. The last buses will depart the FAST Transit Center at 10:30 p.m. on weekday nights.

One-day passes provide a round-trip fare to and from the game. Passes cost $3, $2 for youth under 18 and $1.50 for seniors and people with disabilities. Passes can be purchased on the bus when you board or at the FAST Transit Center. For more information on FAST routes, visit www.RideFAST.net.

Rowan Street bridge street lights

Fayetteville’s Public Works Commission will install street lights on approaches to the new Rowan Street bridges. It will be the last project associated with construction of the railroad overpasses.

“That will be in November,” according to NCDOT spokesman Andrew Barksdale. “PWC will be responsible for installing the streetlights in the project area when we are finished,” he added.

Lights will also be installed at the new intersection of Rowan Street, Murchison Road and Bragg Boulevard. PWC spokesperson Carolyn Justice-Hinson said there will be no lights on the bridges themselves.

ABC store to reopen soon

The chairman of the Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said he hopes the store will reopen for business by mid-May.

“The store was damaged during Hurricane Florence, resulting in roof and structural damage,” said David Horne. The store, located at 1705 Owen Dr., sustained damage as the result of heavy wind and rain.

“Other parts of the ABC complex, including offices and the liquor warehouse, were not damaged and experienced no interruption to our normal business operations,” Horne added.

82nd Airborne Division’s All American Week

Fort Bragg’s legendary 82nd Airborne is known as the All American infantry division. It has celebrated All American Week annually except on occasion during time of war. This year’s observance is scheduled for May 20-23.

The objective is to showcase the division’s airborne heritage through a series of events dedicated to maintaining close ties with veterans, airborne families and the Fort Bragg community. This year’s theme is “Jumping into History.” It will commemorate The Division’s 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Normandy and Market Garden combat jumps during World War II. The week begins Monday, May 20, with the division run starting at 6:30 a.m. More than 18,000 paratroopers will run along Longstreet Road on post.

During the week, teams of paratroopers from across the Division will compete in a series of sporting events. Scheduled athletic tournaments include flag football, softball, basketball, soccer, volleyball and tug-of-war.

The division memorial ceremony is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, May 22, to pay tribute to fallen paratroopers and Gold Star Families.

The finale of the week includes an airborne operation with paratroopers and aircraft from the past and present conducting missions at Sicily Drop Zone on Thursday, May 23. Following the airborne operation, five thousand troopers will pass in review for their commanding general at the drop zone.

A new hybrid workplace

The Center for Emerging Business, which has provided training for businesses in the Southeast for more than 12 years, has opened a new coworking and training facility in Fayetteville, where small businesses have an affordable, professional work location. TCFEB is a veteran/woman owned business.

“We offer everything from basic drop-in desks for freelancers to corporate-grade cubicles and conference rooms fit for local and visiting government contractors,” said Diana Potts, owner of TCFEB. The facility is available Monday-Friday, with training space available on nights and weekends. Memberships are month-to-month.

TCFEB is located at The Woodland Building, 2350 Bentridge Lane, Fayetteville.

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