Havelock residents blow horns at Slocum interchange plans

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 08:07 PM.

Residents in Tucker Creek and Hickman Hills would also no longer be able to drive straight across the intersection. A Hickman Hills resident driving a student to Tucker Creek Middle School, for example, would have to turn right out of the subdivision and then make a U-turn at the new crossing onto U.S. 70 West and then turn right into the subdivision.

Matthew Potter, DOT project planning engineer, said the changes would make for a safer intersection while improving traffic flow on U.S. 70, but local residents complained that their neighborhoods were being cut off.

"My main issue is that it’s jamming us up, blocking us in where we’ve been coming out for years and we want it to stay like it is," Hickman Hills resident Rita Ferguson said. "On the base, it’s fine, but at Hickman Hills, they’ve never had problems, so why do you have to mess with something that’s already good. Don’t need no fixes. It’s already fixed.

"Leave Hickman Hills the way it is because we haven’t had but one accident. I’ve been there 65 years, and we haven’t ever had another one, so let it stay the way it is. If you don’t, you’re going to have trouble with God."

DOT engineers used forecasts of future traffic on U.S. 70 to help them arrive at the superstreet approach to the design of the Tucker Creek-Hickman Hills intersection.

Havelock Mayor Jimmy Sanders is also a resident of Tucker Creek, and he also complained about the proposed changes.

"They told us that this was a design for 2040 traffic," he said. "Why can’t there be signalization at Tucker Creek? They’re going from six functions down to two functions. It would seem to me that they should change it to four functions or leave it at six until such time as all these cars that they say are going to be here in 2040 get here. Then maybe you need to make those changes.

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