DOT sticks with renovations to intersections

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Department of Transportation officials listen as residents of Carolina Pines voice their concerns about a plan to change traffic patterns at Carolina Pines Boulevard and U.S. 70 during a meeting last week.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 13:26 PM.

Homeowners in Carolina Pines gave an earful to N.C. Department of Transportation officials making proposals for traffic changes during a meeting last week.

While DOT officials took some of what they had to say under consideration, they wouldn’t give in on the one thing most of the 90 or so attendees wanted — a traffic light.

The state wants to redesign two of the three intersections along U.S. 70 that access the neighborhood, including major changes at Carolina Pines Boulevard where residents would no longer be allowed to make left turns to access eastbound lanes to go to Havelock.

Dwayne Alligood, DOT district engineer, said the changes were needed to curtail crashes at the main intersection of the development where more than 500 houses are located.

Alligood told the group at the Township Six Fire Department that a traffic light in what he called a rural area would increase the number of crashes because drivers along U.S. 70 would not be used to seeing a signal in the area.

"We are very confident that the pattern we are proposing will be much safer than what you have out there right now," Alligood said. "The people that are getting hit are the people from Carolina Pines when they are pulling out."

The state has proposed to prohibit left turns from Carolina Pines Boulevard onto eastbound U.S. 70. At the same intersection, they propose to broaden the deceleration lane from westbound U.S. 70 turning into Carolina Pines, allowing drivers exiting Carolina Pines better visibility. Left turns from U.S. 70 East into the neighborhood would still be permitted.



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