Message from President Jo Allen
It has been several weeks since the NCDOT’s public comment period on plans to expand the I-440 beltline closed, and I’m sure many of you are wondering where things stand with the plans. As you may remember from my last message to you, we expected late September and October to be a quiet period, when the NCDOT would review the comments received and consider how to proceed.
Let me assure you, that although the quiet phase is still underway, work has continued behind the scenes to advocate for Meredith’s best interests in this project. One recent example of the advocacy work that has happened is a bipartisan letter, co-signed by U.S. Congressmen David Price (D-NC) and George Holding (R-NC), to N.C. Secretary of Transportation James H. Trogdon III.
In the letter, the congressmen noted that they share our concerns about the potential impacts of the current proposals on the western side of the Meredith campus. They also urged NCDOT officials to continue to work collaboratively with Meredith and to give priority to “any feasible design alternatives or methods to reduce the footprint and impact” of the project. (View the letter here)
I cannot thank you enough for the interest you have demonstrated and for all of the actions you have taken on Meredith’s behalf. Your love and concern for Meredith’s continued well-being is powerful, palpable, and greatly appreciated. I promise to share any new information I receive from the NCDOT as soon as I can.
Jo Allen, ‘80
Meredith College President