Havelock residents blow horns at Slocum interchange plans

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

"They’re going to do what they plan to do and we don’t have any control over it," longtime resident Jim Muse said. "We can come express our views, but that’s it. I have a very negative feeling about it, very negative."

Commissioner Karen Lewis thought the same thing.

"I think that they’re going to do what they want to do without too much regards to us," she said. "They say they’re going to listen but I don’t think it’s going to make any difference whatsoever. I would like to see them listen to what the citizens of Havelock have to say and give them a little bit of leeway and freedom to move about the city safely."

Potter said that the state is planning to purchase the right of way in early 2014 and the project could begin in the summer of 2015. He said the project could take up to two years to complete.

Potter said the state would pay for the construction of the Marsha’s Way Connector and associated sidewalks along the road.

"The idea here is to really keep these streets as a neighborhood street, so you’re going to have sidewalks connecting MacDonald Downs to the middle school and both communities will be connected for pedestrians and bicycle traffic as well," Potter said. "Our ultimate goal is to really make this a neighborhood feel to our design, which, in the long run we hope will benefit the communities giving them better and safer access in and out of the communities. I know it’s more convenient to have direct access to U.S. 70, but as traffic grows it’s not always the safest thing for us to allow."

The DOT is still accepting comments on the proposal. Those interested can contact Potter at 919-707-6036 or send written comments to mwpotter@ncdot.gov. 

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