Project could be completed by end of August

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Drivers zoom past on U.S. 70 at the intersection of Carolina Pines Boulevard. The N.C. Department of Transportation has announced plans to change the intersection so drivers will no longer be able to make left turns in a move designed to increase safety.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 06:13 PM.

Transportation officials have seen a pattern at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Carolina Pines Boulevard, and they call it a dangerous one.

Now, they’re ready to spend close to $1 million in an effort to improve the safety at the crossing.

Dwayne Alligood, district engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation, said the DOT recently approved a redesign of the intersection.

"We hope to have done survey and design work and be ready to go to contract with it in June," Alligood said.

Once construction bids have been accepted and approved, construction can begin. Alligood construction could be completed by August.

The redesign will prevent Carolina Pines Boulevard drivers from crossing U.S. 70 West to make left turns to U.S. 70 East toward Havelock.

"At the main entrance, the crash pattern that’s having this project are angle crashes on the near side for people leaving Carolina Pines. They’re pulling out and getting hit by people in the westbound lane," Alligood said. "That’s the main issue that we’re trying to address with this project. People pulling out of Carolina Pines are getting hit by westbound traffic. There are other crashes too, but that is the main pattern that we are seeing."

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