Tucker Creek, MacDonald Downs, Hickman Hills to be affected

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

The DOT said it is still attempting to decide about the Wells Wayside access issue based on the opinion of the property owner.

Concerning the MacDonald Downs entrance, the state is still holding firm to its proposal to close the existing access and funnel that traffic out via Marsha’s Way and Pine Grove Road.

Concerning Hickman Hills access, the state contends that “there will be sufficient gaps in U.S. 70 eastbound traffic flow to enable U-turns from a stop condition, as well as adequate sight distance for the travelers.”

“That’s their plan. They’re going to stick with it,” Commissioner Danny Walsh said.

Walsh said that the original intent of the entire project was to eliminate crashes at U.S. 70 and Slocum Road, but the future plan, he said, just moves the danger westward a few hundred yards.

“Instead of front-end collisions, you’re going to have rear-end collisions,” Walsh contended. “This whole system is totally wrong for the future. DOT is not right. DOT is wrong on this.”

City Manager Frank Bottorff called for an urgent meeting between city officials and DOT engineers.

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