Editorial: DOT too stubborn on Slocum interchange plans

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 04:16 PM.

However, the DOT is turning a blind eye to resident concerns about the design of the U.S. 70-Slocum Road interchange that will cause major disruptions to about 480 households that make up the Tucker Creek, Hickman Hills and MacDonald Downs subdivisions.

For some reason, DOT engineers feel changes are needed to a perfectly good and functioning traffic signal that separates Tucker Creek and Hickman Hills along U.S. 70.

Currently, the traffic signal allows drivers traveling from any direction to go in any direction they desire — straight, left or right.

According to DOT plans, most of these turns will be restricted. Drivers coming out of Tucker Creek would be able to turn left or right but would be prevented from driving straight across the highway. The same would hold true for Hickman Hills residents.

Residents heading east on U.S. 70 wishing to turn left into Tucker Creek won’t be able to do so at the traffic signal as they can currently. Instead, they will have to drive past the entrance to their neighborhood and make a U-turn at a new crossing that is to be constructed a few hundred yards down the highway.

Hickman Hills residents would have to do the same thing to enter their neighborhood from the opposite side of the highway.

We have questioned DOT on its designs and spending in the past, but this proposal goes beyond anything that makes sense.

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