Havelock residents blow horns at Slocum interchange plans

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

"I don’t know what’s going to happen in 27 years. They don’t either. I understand that when they build they have to build for the future, but it would seem that for the interim a simple thing such as allowing full movement at that intersection could remain the way it is."

Sanders and the Board of Commissioners had a closed door meeting with DOT engineers to air their concerns prior to the public meeting Tuesday.

"I think the Hickman Hills area is getting a raw deal right off the top being forced to go one direction and do U-turns to go the opposite direction," Commissioner Will Lewis said. "It’s going to be very difficult trying to maneuver through the city."

Emergency traffic from the West End Fire Station would be able to cross through the intersection, but commissioners expressed concern that traffic stacking up from Tucker Creek and the nearby MacDonald Downs subdivision could block emergency vehicles.

The plan also calls for the closure of the existing entrance and exit from the MacDonald Downs subdivision on U.S. 70. The current exit is located near where a new exit for base traffic is to be built.

DOT officials have said that traffic would be accelerating onto the highway and that would be a hazard for vehicles entering or exiting MacDonald Downs. MacDonald Downs traffic would have to access U.S. 70 with construction of a new road, the Marsha’s Way Connector, that would link with Pine Grove Road near the current traffic signal.

Sanders said he wanted DOT to allow right turns in and out of the subdivision or perhaps extend the service road from Tucker Creek to the subdivision.

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