Havelock officials discuss progress during trip to Washington

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 05:12 PM.

The trip to the nation’s capital cost $4,700.

Sanders said the expense has paid off for the city.

"Hindsight is really 20/20, and this is one where we really look smart in looking back," he said. "This was really one of the best decisions that the city has done in a long time."

He cited the Church Road Bridge replacement, which he said had been a long process with the N.C. Department of Transportation, but with help from the legislators, was pushed through with additions that included sidewalks and street lights. He said that has since cleared the way for progress for the proposed Slocum Creek park nearby.

He also pointed to the Slocum Road-U.S. 70 interchange.

"The overpass into Cherry Point is about a $20 million project," Sanders said. "If we did not have the lobbyist in Washington, I am very certain that it would not be as far along as it is. It might not even be funded at all.

"It’s going to be built in 2015. The rate that we have been able to accelerate this is almost unprecedented. It’s definitely been a positive thing for the city of Havelock. Having somebody in Washington day after day advocating on your behalf is very, very helpful."

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