Residents celebrate improvements to east Craven road

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Local residents and officials prepare to cut a red ribbon last week on Pine Cliff Road in eastern Craven County. The N.C. Department of Transportation recently made improvements to the roadway.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 13:54 PM.

For the last several years, residents on Pine Cliff Road were cut off from the rest of the Craven County because of the poor condition of the roadway.

"It had potholes approximately two feet deep," Craven County Commissioner Theron McCabe said, adding that emergency vehicles could not access residents because the road was so impassable. "There was no way to get in here to assist the people here in an emergency call. We had to close it off."

McCabe said two residents who needed dialysis could not go because a bus sent to pick them up couldn’t travel down the road.

"We have two ladies here, one who just had open heart surgery in February," he said. "She’s on a dialysis machine and her mother is also sick and it’s very hard for an ambulance to respond in here in an emergency."

That has all changed now.

Local residents and officials cut a red ribbon to dedicate an improved roadway on Friday, one that features improved drainage and four feet of gravel spread on an even crown.

"The first time I remember coming down here looking at this road was 1998, so 15 years later, here we are getting it done," said Mary Beth Houston, assistant district two engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation.



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