At the Matthews Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night, Town Commissioners received an update on the proposed Rice Road Extension from Ralph Messera, director of public works.
Following the Planning Conference this year, the Board requested that the staff obtain an “order of magnitude” cost estimate for the possibility of the Rice Road punch-through.
The staff obtained an estimate from Eagle Engineering for the possible project of $294,000 including engineering and permits and a contingency estimate, but not right-of-way. The estimate does not include a traffic signal, which the North Carolina Department of Transportation indicated they would provide if the town sponsored the project. The Department of Transportation would also consider changes to the Sam Newell intersection signals if the project were to proceed.
According to the sketch plan, construction should be possible within the existing rights-of-way, but construction and drainage estimates also would be required to move forward.
Messera suggested budgeting about $320,000 for the project.
Commissioners didn’t vote on the proposal.