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Editorial: Fairness helps connector

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The construction of a road connecting Stantonsburg Road and the medical district in west Greenville to 10th Street and the East Carolina University campus will be a massive transportation improvement for this community. It will ease movement in a key corridor, providing an attractive, direct entrance to the city and aid in emergency response times to downtown calls.

For those who live and work in that corridor, however, the project promises massive disruption as homes and businesses are uprooted to make way for the new roadway. It is therefore critical that as the start of construction nears, officials continue to listen to those affected and help in every way to make this transition as fair and comfortable as the circumstances allow.

When completed, the connector will do more than provide residents and visitors a swift, accessible route from Memorial Drive and parts west to downtown Greenville, including the main East Carolina campus. Importantly, the controlled-access thoroughfare will give passage to emergency vehicles coming to and from the hospital, bypassing the train tracks that once caused life-threatening delays.

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