DOT sticks with renovations to intersections

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM.

"Too many people, too many ideas, too many thoughts," he said. "I think it should have been consolidated down to half the people like the one gentleman recommended. There would have been a better exchange I think."

Teresita Prior thought the meeting was productive.

"They’re trying to understand everybody and they’re considering all options," she said. "They said that even though the project is there already, they still have the option to change it according to the suggestions of the people."

N.C. Rep. Michael Speciale (R-Craven) attended the meeting and liked a compromise in which the only change would be to adjust the right-hand turn lane into Carolina Pines Boulevard, allowing for better visibility of exiting residents.

"I don’t think their solution is the best one," he said. "I think just moving that turning lane in so they can turn into Carolina Pines is the best solution. As long as people can see to the left, which is something that they can’t do now, I think that will solve the problem.

"I’d like to think that the DOT is listening to the people who are going to be affected by this. The bottom line is that the decision hasn’t been made yet, so hopefully they’ll walk out of here with some ideas and moving that turning lane is the cheapest, quickest, most effective idea of them all."

Alligood said it doesn’t take much time to change the state’s plans.

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