Mr. Eugene Conti sent me the following (presumably canned by now) response. I thought I should share
Transportation decisions - especially those involving safety - need to be made based on data and the decisions of educated, trained and licensed professional engineers. Nothing should ever come before public safety.
We value public input - we seek it at every opportunity. But when the research and data show that one option is safe and another is less safe, NCDOT is always going to choose the safest option and we make no apologies for that.
Our engineers have met extensively over the last year with Falls of Neuse neighbors to discuss the project, always with the primary emphasis on safety. And we have made significant changes based on their input.
We stand behind the work of Mr. Lacy. He is a licensed traffic engineer. His initial findings were supported by the engineering consultants to the City of Raleigh. When the North Raleigh group undertook a response to the city's report, our department told the group we would consider an analysis from an independent licensed engineer.
Instead, the group produced a technical document that appeared to be in violation of N.C. Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors standards for public safety. Mr. Lacy was concerned enough that he asked the Board what he should do, and he was instructed to file a report. As a licensed professional, Mr. Lacy was obligated to do so.
The matter is now before the North Carolina Board of Examiners, and we will respect any decision that is forthcoming from that body. Therefore it is not appropriate for us to comment any further at this point.
Eugene A. Conti, Jr.