Controversial meeting Tuesday on Slocum Road flyover and its effects

A driver waits as traffic streaks at the traffic light at U.S. 70 and the entrance to Tucker Creek.

A driver waits as traffic streaks at the traffic light at U.S. 70 and the entrance to Tucker Creek.

Ken Buday
Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 19:25 PM.

Havelock officials have supported the idea of a Slocum Road interchange to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion at the intersection on U.S. 70 that leads to Cherry Point’s back gate.

But the N.C. Department of Transportation’s proposed design of the interchange has left them so frustrated that Commissioner Danny Walsh called for the project to be scrapped.

“I have been a proponent of this since the beginning,” he said during last week’s board meeting, “and in my opinion, you’d be better off to tell them not to do it. That’s how bad it is, in my opinion.”

Residents will get the chance to express their opinions on the proposed design of the interchange during a public hearing from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

No formal presentation is planned, but residents can view the designs of the interchange, ask questions of DOT representatives and leave written comments on the proposal.

The main part of the project involves construction of an exit ramp from U.S. 70 East and a bridge that will cross over westbound U.S. 70 for drivers to access Slocum Road and Cherry Point.

What has city officials most upset is proposed changes to the signaled intersection at Tucker Creek and Hickman Hills.



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