Project could be completed by end of August

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 06:13 PM.

With the redesign, Carolina Pines drivers can access U.S. 70 East from another exit to their neighborhood just west of the boulevard by using a service road. At that crossover, there is enough room in the median for a vehicle, and stop signs are in place to prevent drivers from attempting to go across all four lanes of U.S. 70 traffic.

"We’re not looking at anything to that crossover, so the crossover just west of the main entrance, we’re not planning on doing any changes there," Alligood said.

Carolina Pines drivers could also access U.S. 70 East by going left on the service road and exiting at the crossover in front of Miller’s Saws. However, that intersection will be reconfigured as well with an acceleration lane that will allow drivers to merge with U.S. 70 eastbound traffic.

U.S. 70 East drivers will still be able to make left turns to access Carolina Pines Boulevard at the main entrance to the neighborhood, but they will no longer have to deal with exiting vehicles attempting to make left turns from the median to U.S. 70 East.

"If you’re headed east on 70, you would be able to make a left turn into Carolina Pines at the main entrance just like you do now," Alligood said. "We will channelize that movement just like you have seen other places."

Drivers at Carolina Pines Boulevard will be able to turn right and head toward New Bern, but changes to the right turn lane from U.S. 70 West into Carolina Pines are planned.

"We’re going to separate that right turning lane away from the main line of U.S. 70 a little bit so people can see past that right turning traffic better," he said. " … We’re just going to have to shift that ditch back a little bit and widen the pavement to the right and put a little channelization in there so that the folks in that right turn will have to slide over a little bit. We may widen the pavement four or six feet. We haven’t set that exactly yet. That right turn lane that’s there now, we’re just going to slide it toward Carolina Pines so people can see past those vehicles."

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