Havelock residents blow horns at Slocum interchange plans

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Resident Larry Paul discusses the Slocum Road interchange plan with Dwayne Alligood, of the Department of Transportation.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 08:07 PM.

A plan to fix one intersection has led to complications at two others.

Havelock residents and officials voiced varied opinions to the N.C. Department of Transportation at a workshop on the Slocum interchange Tuesday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Havelock has spent years trying to come up with a solution to prevent traffic backups and collisions at U.S. 70 and Slocum Road at Cherry Point’s back gate.

The DOT is fine-tuning a design that includes an elevated flyover from eastbound U.S. 70 that crosses over westbound U.S. 70 to Slocum Road, and Tuesday’s meeting was to gather input from residents on the project.

While most residents are supportive of the flyover concept, other aspects of the plan are causing concern.

Chief among them is the proposed redesign of the intersection of U.S. 70 and Pine Grove Road, which serves residents of the Tucker Creek and Hickman Hills subdivisions. Currently, the traffic signal allows drivers to go right, left or straight from any direction. However, DOT proposes to eliminate left turns at the traffic signal as well as forbid drivers from moving straight across the intersection.

Instead, eastbound drivers wanting to go to Tucker Creek will have to drive past the current intersection and make a U-turn onto westbound U.S. 70 at a new signaled crossing to be constructed between Tucker Creek and MacDonald Downs. Drivers from Havelock wanting to turn left into Hickman Hills would also have to drive past the intersection and make a U-turn onto eastbound U.S. 70 to access the neighborhood.

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