Controversial meeting Tuesday on Slocum Road flyover and its effects

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

City officials are also concerned that MacDonald Downs residents would no longer have direct access to U.S. 70 but would instead use a new access road called Marsha’s Way that links with Pine Grove Road between Wells Wayside Furniture and Havelock’s West End Fire Station.

DOT officials met with Havelock officials to go over the preliminary plans for the interchange in April, where changes to the design were suggested.

“Everything we’ve asked for, they’ve said no,” Walsh said.

Havelock officials said such changes to the Tucker Creek intersection are not needed, especially because the planned U.S. 70 bypass of Havelock planned for 2015 would take about 15,000 cars per day off that section of highway.

“They keep saying they have to go to this design because of traffic flow,” City Manager Jim Freeman said. “Yes, it is a better way for dispersing traffic, but nobody really answers the question in regards to the bypass and what exactly are the numbers and how will that affect that intersection area. I don’t think we’ve heard an answer to that.”

The project is estimated to cost $20.5 million, with construction expected to start in 2015.

For more information on the meeting, contact Matthew Potter, NCDOT project manager, at 919-707-6036 or by email at or contact Lou Raymond at 704-556-5047 or by email at 

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