Havelock business owners push for new turn lane in median

Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 at 09:18 AM.

The traffic engineering study would determine what form the break in the median would take.

“My expectation is that it would be a channelized left turn,” Alligood said. “That’s what the property owner is asking for, essentially a channelized left turn that would go into Charles Street.”

East of Charles Street, at the break in the median at Forest Hill Drive, there have been complaints that the road is not wide enough to allow U-turns, Alligood said.

“There has also been a complaint that U-turning traffic down at Forest Hills is making a left, then cutting through the parking lot of the establishment there, so that’s part of what will get looked at too,” he said. “That’s one thing that DOT had recognized earlier.”

Alligood said the spot may require additional pavement added to the right side of the westbound lanes to allow for the wider U-turns, but there isn’t funding available for the necessary right-of-way property acquisition and utility work that would be required.

Such a measure might also be necessary at the Charles Street intersection, Alligood said.

“That same issue that you’ve got at Forest Hills would also have to be looked at at Charles to make sure that you don’t create a situation there the same way … ,” he said.

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