Tucker Creek, MacDonald Downs, Hickman Hills to be affected

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:09 AM.

Havelock commissioners have long lobbied for a solution to traffic issues at the intersection of U.S. 70 and Slocum Road at Cherry Point’s back gate.

They thought the answer to the problem was creation of a flyover interchange that would allow eastbound workers entering the base to efficiently transit over westbound traffic.

This was, and is, a solution on which commissioners, base officials and N.C. Department of Transportation engineers agree.

But DOT’s proposed rearrangement of traffic patterns associated with the interchange has been a source of disagreement ever since the state announced its design plans last year.

On Monday night during their board meeting, city commissioners again expressed displeasure with what they see as DOT’s apparent inflexibility on the design of the project.

Mayor Will Lewis cited correspondence between the city and the DOT and a Dec. 13 letter from the state “where they essentially said no to everything except one thing we asked.”

The city’s concerns include several key features of the DOT plan, including:



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