Havelock to get update on Slocum Road interchange project

Published: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 02:01 PM.

The Havelock Board of Commissioners is expected to get an update on the U.S. 70-Slocum Road interchange project during its meeting on Monday night.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has plans to construct the interchange in which eastbound traffic on U.S. 70 heading toward the Cherry Point back gate on Slocum Road will exit off the highway and use an overpass to cross westbound U.S. 70 rather than turning left at the present traffic signal.

However, many residents in the Tucker Creek, MacDonald Downs and Hickman Hills subdivisions voiced opposition to the plan based on proposed changes to the traffic patterns and traffic signal at the entrances to their housing areas on U.S. 70.

Commissioners are expected to get an update on the plan during Monday's meeting.

Also during the meeting, commissioners are expected to review proposed changes to city regulations concerning public nuisance declarations based on a citizen complaint about the conditions of property in her neighborhood. The proposed changes concern undeveloped lots or parcels of land in what has been deemed a "natural" or "undisturbed" state.

City Manager Frank Bottorff is expected to brief commissioners on a salary survey that shows of 45 city positions, 30 had salaries below the N.C. League of Municipalities average, while 15 were above average. Bottorff is expected to get direction from commissioners during the meeting and make specific recommendations to the board on Jan. 27.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Havelock City Hall. For more information, call 444-6400.

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