by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

Residents rally to save Waughtown post office

NC Rep. Larry Womble (D-Forsyth) gave about 200 Winston-Salem residents their marching orders during a public meeting to save the Waughtown Station Post Office at Forest Park Elementary School on Sept. 20.

“Everybody has a job to do,” Womble said.

“Your job is to get 100 signatures.”

Womble and Winston-Salem City Councilman James Taylor, along with community assistance liaison Vanessa Smith, distributed petitions to residents of the city’s Southeast Ward so that citizens could voice their opposition to the potential shuttering of the post office near the corner of Waughtown and Pleasant streets.

Waughtown Station is one of 20 post offices in the state currently undergoing a feasibility study as part of cost-saving measures by the US Postal Service. Womble encouraged all residents to bring their signed petitions to the next meeting at Forest Park Elementary School on Oct. 25.

Taylor said the post office in downtown Winston-Salem also underwent a feasibility study earlier this year, and the US Postal Service decided to keep it open.

“The downtown post office had a blueprint for saving its operation,” Taylor said. “We’re going to use that blueprint and be success ful.”

The first step in the saving Waughtown Station is sending petitions with thousands of signatures to the postal service, Taylor said. The postal service will complete its review of Waughtown Station in December, and will make a decision about the office’s fate at that time, Taylor said. — KTB

Construction of Urban Loop to resume in Greensboro

Greensboro officials are talking up plans by the NC Department of Transportation to move work on the Urban Loop forward, following an announcement earlier this year by Gov. Bev Perdue that the state will accelerate funding for the project. The loop is more than halfway complete, with sections finished around the southern arc of the city between US Highway 70 in the east and Bryan Boulevard in the west. Construction of the section between Bryan Boulevard and Battleground Avenue is expected to take place from 2013 to 2016. Construction on the section between US Highway 70 and US Highway 29, which will pass the controversial White Street Landfill, is expected to take place from 2014 to 2017. Construction remains unfunded for both the Battleground-Lawndale section and the Lawndale-US Highway 29 section along the loop’s northern arc. — JG