Havelock residents blow horns at Slocum interchange plans

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

Chuck Barnard said he thinks the project would work and that traffic will flow well despite complaints by others.

"I don’t have any fault with anything they’ve done with any of the intersections and I think that very little people are going to be inconvenienced by going across from Tucker Creek to Hickman Hills or Hickman Hills to Tucker Creek," Barnard said. "People don’t go straight across. I don’t think it’s going to bother anybody. I think that it’s going to work and it’s been a long-time coming."

Some asked why the state would change the Tucker Creek-Hickman Hills signal when traffic is going to decrease in the area when the planned U.S. 70 bypass is constructed in 2015.

"You can’t make plans on something, to route traffic and that around, on a proposal of a bypass somewhere down the road that’s going to eliminate that traffic," Barnard said. "You have to take care of traffic today, not 10 years down the road if the bypass comes in. This bypass has been going on for 20 years now."

Jackie Attaway said she wished the DOT would listen to what Havelock was saying.

"I just feel like that anytime that DOT does anything through Havelock, they disregard all of the ideas that the people of Havelock have," she said. "We just become prisoners in Havelock. They are only worried about people getting through Havelock to whatever their destination is from Raleigh and not for the people of Havelock for their convenience to get around."

Others agreed.

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