Editorial: Interchange plans fail residents

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 at 02:57 PM.

Here we go again.

The N.C. Department of Transportation shared some of its preliminary designs of the proposed Slocum Road-U.S. 70 interchange with Havelock leaders last week, and those designs should cause city residents to be concerned.

Despite the overwhelming disapproval of residents about the East Main Street median project, DOT went forward with the project anyway, and now a simple drive across town has turned into a U-turn-filled journey that can take residents a mile out of their way to reach their destinations.

Well, if you hate the median, you’ll hate the proposed interchange plans.

The biggest issue is the impact on residents of Tucker Creek, MacDonald Downs and Hickman Hills. For some reason, DOT engineers feel changes are needed to a perfectly good and functioning traffic signal where U.S. 70 separates Tucker Creek and Hickman Hills.

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

According to preliminary plans DOT presented last week, 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.

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