A planned Havelock road project that has the potential to reshape a stretch of two-lane road through the heart of the city now has an official project number and website.
The N.C. Department of Transportation announced plans in June to widen a three-mile stretch of Miller Boulevard beginning at Lake Road and continuing through Fontana Boulevard to the city limits just past the Havelock Recreation Complex.
The project has been tabbed U-3431 and the website is https://publicinput.com/millerboulevard.
At the bottom of the web page is a spot where online comments about the project can be submitted.
The project calls for the widening of Miller Boulevard and Fontana Boulevard to four lanes from the current two. According to the NCDOT, the goals are to reduce traffic congestion and increase safety along the corridor that includes the main gate to Cherry Point, along with access to Havelock High School, Roger Bell Elementary School, the Havelock campus of Craven Community College, an FRC East engineering building and the Havelock Industrial Park.
The project is also expected to help with what may be increased traffic flow coming into the city via Lake Road and the new U.S. 70 bypass around Havelock.
The widening will include reworked intersections at Lake and Church roads, East and West Main streets and at Roosevelt Boulevard at the entrance to Cherry Point.
The project is still years away, as design concepts for the revamped roadway are still in development. Once designs are developed, meetings to get public comment are to be scheduled. The meetings are expected sometime in 2018, but no firm dates have been set.
A state environmental document is expected in 2019, followed with right-of-way property acquisition starting in 2020. Impacts on specific properties won’t be known until final designs are set. Construction is not expected until 2022.
The expected cost of the project is $35 million, which has been approved.
The NCDOT notes that the cost and time schedule for the project are subject to change.
The web page includes resources for property owners along the corridor, including a relocation assistance brochure and right-of-way acquisition process brochure.
The widening of the corridor was listed in 2009 as part of Havelock’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan, with Fontana Boulevard ranked as the second highest priority road based on crash data.
The website also lists two points of contact. Rachelle Beauregard is the NCDOT Division 2 Project Manager and can be reached at 919-239-7168 or by email at email@example.com. James Byrd is the project consultant and can be reached at 919-424-0437 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.