DOT to go with minimal changes at Carolina Pines-U.S. 70 intersection

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Vehicles wait at Carolina Pines Boulevard to access U.S. 70 as others zoom by on the highway. The N.C. Department of Transportation has decided to make minor changes at the intersection.

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Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 08:32 AM.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has decided to take the advice of local residents and look at small-scale changes to the intersection of Carolina Pines Boulevard and U.S. 70.

Dwayne Alligood, DOT District 2 engineer, said the state was getting ready to advertise bids on a project to offset the right turn lane at the entrance to Carolina Pines.

Major changes had been proposed, changes that would have altered how residents would get in and out of their neighborhood. Those changes would have included the elimination of the access to U.S. 70 East from the boulevard intersection.

Instead, residents pleaded with DOT officials at a July 16 public hearing to leave the access open and shift a right-turn lane into the subdivision from U.S. 70 West to allow for better visibility for drivers leaving the neighborhood.

“That was one of the discussions that we heard in the public meeting, and so we’re going to go ahead and get that portion constructed,” Alligood said. “It will include offsetting the turn lane at the main entrance and resurfacing the service road on the Carolina Pines side of U.S. 70.”

Alligood said moving the turn lane should allow for more visibility.

“The intent is to give better sight distance for traffic leaving Carolina Pines so when they look back east on U.S. 70 that they will have a better sight distance to see traffic coming,” Alligood said.

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