Controversial meeting Tuesday on Slocum Road flyover and its effects

Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 07:25 PM.

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

Under DOT’s proposed designs, the six-phase traffic signal would be changed, eliminating left turns and the opportunity for drivers to go directly across the highway. As an example, a Hickman Hills resident taking a child to Tucker Creek Middle School would have to turn right out of the subdivision, travel east on U.S. 70, and then make a U-turn onto U.S. 70 West at a new signaled crossing several hundred yards down the highway that is to be constructed, and then turn right into the subdivision.

The new crossing would also handle Tucker Creek residents. Currently, those residents heading East on U.S. 70 can simply turn left at the traffic signal to access the neighborhood. However, they will now have to drive past the main light at the intersection and make a U-turn.

Hickman Hills residents leaving Havelock on U.S. 70 and wanting to access their neighborhood also will no longer be permitted to turn left at the Tucker Creek light but instead will have to make a U-turn at a new crossing that is to be constructed west of the intersection. That crossing will not have a traffic signal.

DOT officials have said such a design improves traffic flow on U.S. 70.

“People going to the beach will not be affected,” Walsh said.

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders expressed his frustration over the proposed design by jokingly suggesting during last week’s board meeting that police start license checks on U.S. 70 on Sunday afternoons when travelers are leaving the beach.

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